Léandre Tawamba

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Léandre Tawamba
Léandre Tawamba (2017).jpg
Tawamba with Partizan in 2017
Personal information
Full name Léandre Gaël Tawamba Kana
Date of birth (1989-12-20) 20 December 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Partizan
Number 3
Youth career
Eding Sport
Jeunesse Star
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Aigle Royal Menoua
2009–2010 Union Douala
2011 Aigle Royal Menoua
2012 FC Cape Town 1 (0)
2013 Nitra 14 (3)
2013–2014 Ružomberok 31 (13)
2014 Al Ahly Benghazi 0 (0)
2015–2016 Zlaté Moravce 19 (11)
2016 Kairat 23 (4)
2017– Partizan 45 (13)
National team
2018– Cameroon 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2018

Léandre Gaël Tawamba Kana (born 20 December 1989) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serbian club Partizan.

Early into his career, Tawamba played as a centre-back or defensive midfielder, but was converted into a forward after arriving to Europe.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Yaoundé, Tawamba made his senior debuts with Aigle Royal Menoua in 2007.[1] He subsequently played for Union Douala, before returning to Aigle Royal Menoua. In early 2012, Tawamba moved abroad to South Africa and joined FC Cape Town.[2] He made one appearance for the club.[3]

Slovakia[edit]

In June 2012, Tawamba traveled to Slovakia and spent some time training at Slovan Bratislava and Ružomberok,[4][5] but failed to earn a contract. He ultimately signed with fellow Slovak club Nitra in early 2013.[6] Until the end of the 2012–13 season, Tawamba scored three times in 14 league appearances.

In June 2013, Tawamba switched to Ružomberok, rejoining his Nitra manager Jozef Vukušič.[7] He netted on his league debut on 14 July, scoring the equalizer in a 2–2 draw with Žilina.[8] On 10 August, Tawamba scored a brace in a 3–2 home win over Spartak Trnava.[9] He finished the season as the team's top scorer with 13 goals from 31 appearances.

Libya[edit]

In July 2014, Tawamba returned to Africa and signed with Libyan club Al Ahly Benghazi, again following his former manager Jozef Vukušič.[10] He represented the side in the 2014 CAF Champions League exclusively, appearing in two games of the group stage against Tunisian clubs Sfax and Espérance.[11]

Return to Slovakia[edit]

In early 2015, Tawamba returned to Slovakia and joined Zlaté Moravce,[12][13] but was unable to play in the 2014–15 season. He scored a goal on his debut for the club on 15 August in a 2–2 home draw with Železiarne Podbrezová.[14] On 19 September, Tawamba netted both his team's goals in a 2–5 away loss to Ružomberok.[15] He subsequently scored a hat-trick to give his side a 3–1 win over Skalica on 21 November.[16]

Kazakhstan[edit]

On 1 April 2016, Tawamba transferred to Kazakh club Kairat.[17] He signed a one-plus-two-year contract and was awarded the number 20 shirt. On 29 May, Tawamba scored a stoppage-time back-heel winner to give his team a 3–2 win over Akzhayik.[18] He subsequently made his debut in UEFA competitions, coming on as a substitute for Gerard Gohou in a 1–0 away win against Teuta Durrës in the first leg of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round on 30 June. A week later in the return leg, Tawamba scored his team's fourth goal in an eventual 5–0 victory at home. He also netted a brace in a 3–2 away win against Irtysh Pavlodar on 17 July. One day before the league's final fixture, on 28 October, Tawamba terminated his contract with Kairat by mutual agreement.[19] He made 29 appearances and scored six goals in all competitions.

Partizan[edit]

In November 2016, Tawamba moved to Serbia signed a three-year contract with Partizan.[20] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 home league win over Metalac Gornji Milanovac on 8 March 2017.[21] In his first Belgrade derby, Tawamba scored the team's second goal in an eventual 3–1 away win over Red Star Belgrade on 18 April.[22] He eventually finished the season collecting the double.[23]

On 22 July 2017, Tawamba scored a brace in the league's opener versus Mačva Šabac, as Partizan won the game 6–1.[24] He also netted the opening goal in a 1–3 loss to Olympiacos in the first leg of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round on 25 July.[25][26] In the return leg of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League play-off round, Tawamba scored the opener in a 4–0 away win against Videoton on 24 August, thus helping Partizan progress to the group stage.[27] He subsequently found the back of the net in a 2–3 home loss to Dynamo Kyiv in Group B on 28 September.[28] In the fourth game of the group stage, on 2 November, Tawamba scored a goal to give his team a 2–0 home win over Skënderbeu Korçë.[29] He also scored the opener in a 2–1 home win over Young Boys, on 26 November, as Partizan advanced to the knockout stage after 13 years.[30]

International career[edit]

In 2009, Tawamba was named in Cameroon's preliminary squad for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but was later dropped from the final 21-man squad.[31]

In 2011, Tawamba was called up to the Cameroon U23 team in preparation for the 2011 All-Africa Games.[32]

On March 12, 2018, Tawamba receved a call for the main Cameroon national team for the friendly game against Kuwait played on March 25, 2018.[33] He debuted on that match having played as starter.[34]

Statistics[edit]

As of 8 December 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season National League National Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Cape Town 2011–12 National First Division
Total
Nitra 2012–13 Slovak Super Liga 14 3 0 0 14 3
Total 14 3 0 0 14 3
Ružomberok 2013–14 Slovak Super Liga 31 13 4 0 35 13
Total 31 13 4 0 35 13
Al Ahly Benghazi 2014 2 0 2 0
Total 2 0 2 0
Zlaté Moravce 2015–16 Slovak Super Liga 19 11 3 2 22 13
Total 19 11 3 2 22 13
Kairat 2016 Kazakhstan Premier League 23 4 2 1 4 1 29 6
Total 23 4 2 1 4 1 29 6
Partizan 2016–17 Serbian SuperLiga 16 2 3 0 0 0 19 2
2017–18 29 11 3 1 13 6 45 18
Total 45 13 6 1 13 6 64 20
Career total 132 44 15 4 19 7 166 55

Honours[edit]

Partizan

References[edit]

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