Lance Davids

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Lance Davids
Lance Davids 23.JPG
Davids with Djurgården in 2007
Personal information
Full name Lance Davids[1]
Date of birth (1985-04-11) 11 April 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
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2001–2004 TSV 1860 München
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 TSV 1860 München 21 (0)
2006–2008 Djurgården 64 (6)
2009 Supersport United 6 (0)
2009–2010 Ajax Cape Town 24 (5)
2010–2013 Lierse S.K. 28 (1)
2013–2015 Ajax Cape Town 44 (6)
Total 234 (24)
National team
2004–2010 South Africa 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Lance Davids (born 11 April 1985 in Cape Town) is a retired South African footballer. He was a midfielder and last played for Ajax Cape Town in the South African Premier Soccer League.[2]


Davids hails from Mitchell's Plain on the Cape Flats.

Club career[edit]

In 1999, Davids went for trials with Budgie Byrne with Arsenal and Manchester United.[3]

TSV 1860 München[edit]

Recruited from the Cape Town based club Hellenic F.C. at age 15 by TSV 1860 München, Lance Davids is a youth product of the Bavarian club to which he transferred in 2001. He made his professional debut on November 22, 2003 in a 1–0 loss to Bayern Munich.[4] He made his debut in the German 2. Bundesliga in the 2004–05 season, playing for TSV 1860 München making 21 league appearances before transferring to the Swedish Djurgårdens IF from Stockholm.

Djurgården IF[edit]

Davids came to Djurgårdens IF from TSV 1860 München in Germany at the start of the 2006 season, but had a tough time establishing himself as a starter at the beginning of the season. However, as the season went on, Davids became a regular name in the Djurgården starting line-up. During the 2007 season, Davids played on the right as a midfielder or as a defender.[5] He made his debut on 6 April 2007.[6] He was voted best right back in the Swedish League in 2007 and 2008.[3]

In December 2007, he trialed with two English Premier League clubs, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United,[7] but no transfer materialised.[8]

Supersport United / Ajax CT[edit]

In early 2009, he signed as a free agent with South African champions SuperSport United on a short-term contract.[9] He made his debut on 4 February 2009 in a 3–0 over Bay United.[10] After one year with Ajax Cape Town F.C., Davids signed on 11 June 2010 for Lierse SK on a free transfer.

Lierse SK[edit]

Davids, who represented South Africa at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, penned a three-year deal with recently promoted Belgian team Lierse S.K. that same summer.[11] He was Lierse's first transfer of the 2010–11 Belgian First Division campaign. He made his debut on 31 July 2010 in a 1–0 loss to Sint Truident with a Vincent Euvrard.[12]

Ajax Cape Town[edit]

On 31 January 2013, Ajax Cape Town confirmed the signing of their former player from the Belgian club along with fellow South African international Mabhuti Khenyeza.[13] He played what would be his last match on 21 April 2015 in a 1–0 loss to Free State Stars.[14]

International career[edit]

Davids made his debut for South Africa on 30 March 2004 against Australia in a 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road, London.[15] His last international was a 4–0 win over Thailand on 16 May 2015.[16]


Davids announced his retirement on 18 May 2015 at the age of 30.[3]


  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 28. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Lance Davids" (in French). Retrieved 16 April 2012.
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  5. ^ Said, Nick (20 November 2007). "Player ratings vs Canada". Retrieved 2 January 2008.
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  7. ^ "Newcastle, Blackburn 'keen' on Davids". 11 December 2007. Archived from the original on 19 December 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2008.
  8. ^ Kahnlund, Joakim. "Davids får nobben av Blackburn – Vill förlänga med DIF" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2008.
  9. ^ "Officiel : Davids 3 ans au Lierse" (in French). Retrieved 16 April 2012.
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  11. ^ Anderson, Andrew (12 June 2010). "Lance Davids signs for Lierse". Lierse Official Site. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
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  13. ^ "Ajax Confirm Duo". Soccer Laduma. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
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