George Maluleka

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George Maluleka
Personal information
Full name George Nyiko Maluleka[1]
Date of birth (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Tembisa, South Africa
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kaizer Chiefs
Number 12
Youth career
Kempton Park FC
Pretoria University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Pretoria University 28 (10)
2007–2009 Supersport United 7 (0)
2007–2008 Pretoria University (loan) ? (?)
2009–2012 Ajax Cape Town 78 (7)
2012–2013 Supersport United 27 (2)
2014– Kaizer Chiefs 18 (1)
National team
?–2009 South Africa U20 4 (0)
2011– South Africa 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 May 2013

George Nyiko Maluleka (born 7 January 1989 in Tembisa, Gauteng) is a South African football (soccer) midfielder. He currently plays for Kaizer Chiefs.

Club career[edit]

Maluleka played for Kempton Park FC and Pretoria University starting out as a striker. In 2006, Maluleke was promoted to the senior side. He managed a fabulous spell with the club totaling ten goals in 28 matches. Maluleka was noticed by Supersport United and in 2007 he joined the club. Maluleka struggled to get game time and spent time on the bench as unused substitute. He was loaned to Pretoria University. In 2009, he was loaned again to Ajax Cape Town. In 2012, Maluleka returned to the parent Supersport United.[2] In 2014, he joined Kaizer Chiefs, signing a three and a half year contract.[3] He made his Chiefs debut on 23 January 2014 in a 1–0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld.[4] He scored his first goal in Amakhosi colours in a 2–0 win over a relegation zone-placedPolokwane City where both George Lebese and George Maluleka scored.[5] Maluleka featured in a pre-season friendly match against Chippa United and he blasted home Chiefs' fourth goal in the dying seconds to win 4–2.[6] On 26 July 2014 during the 2014 Carling Black Label Cup, Maluleka missed a penalty in 66th minute with the ball crashing onto the woodwork and missed again in the penalty shoot out with an identical copy of the penalty he took earlier and Orlando Pirates won 6–5.[7] Maluleka scored a second half brace in the MTN8 1st leg semi-final against Platinum Stars, he volleyed home after Luvolwethu Mpeta poorly cleared a Kingston Nkhatha header and scored a sublime free kick outside the box to win 2–0.[8] He was voted Goal.com's Player of the Week.[9] He curled home another free kick from 22-yards in the second leg to give Chiefs a 3–0 aggregate lead. Chiefs made it to the final winning 5–0 on aggregate.[10]

International career[edit]

Maluleka made his debut for the senior national team on 12 November 2011 in a 1–1 draw against Ivory Coast.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). p. 16. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.footballtop.com/players/george-maluleka
  3. ^ http://www.kickoff.com/mobile/news/40188/psl-transfer-news-george-maluleka-joins-kaizer-chiefs
  4. ^ http://www.kickoff.com/mobile/news/40862/maluleka-on-his-kaizer-chiefs-debut-against-mamelodi-sundowns
  5. ^ http://m.goal.com/x/en-za/news/4757094/
  6. ^ http://www.kickoff.com/mobile/news/46870/match-report-chiefs-see-off-chippa-in-6-goal-thriller
  7. ^ http://www.enca.com/pirates-beat-chiefs-penalty-shootout
  8. ^ http://m.goal.com/j/en-za/news/5038613
  9. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-za/news/5228/south-africa-player-of-the-week/2014/08/18/5041335/south-africa-player-of-the-week-george-maluleka-kaizer
  10. ^ http://www.soccerladuma.co.za/news/articles/leagues/mtn8/mtn8-full-time-report-kaizer-chiefs-v-platinum-stars/174615
  11. ^ http://www.national-football-teams.com/matches/report/9788/South_Africa_Ivory_Coast.html

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