Ovidy Karuru

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Ovidy Karuru
Personal information
Full name Ovidy Obvious Karuru[1]
Date of birth (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AmaZulu
Youth career
2001–2006 Masvingo United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Masvingo United 50 (15)
2009 Gunners 19 (8)
2009–2012 Boulogne 73 (10)
2012–2014 OH Leuven 32 (1)
2014–2016 Kaizer Chiefs 5 (0)
2017– AmaZulu 59 (8)
National team
2007–2009 Zimbabwe U20 18 (4)
2007– Zimbabwe 38 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:34, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:38, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Ovidy Obvious Karuru (born 23 January 1989) is a Zimbabwean professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for South African Premier Division side AmaZulu and the Zimbabwe national team.[2]

Club career[edit]

Karuru began his career with Masvingo United F.C. and joined Newcastle United F.C. for a trial in March 2008.[3] After two years in the senior side for Masvingo United he joined Gunners Football Club Harare in January 2009.[4]

After only a half-year with Harare, he was sold to Ligue 1 team US Boulogne in the summer of 2009.[5] With Boulogne he relegated twice in three seasons, ending up in the Championnat National in 2012, when he moved to OH Leuven in the Belgian Pro League. He made his league debut for the club on 15 September 2012 in a 1–0 home loss against Zulte Waregem replacing Evariste Ngolok in the 72nd minute.[6] He scored his first league goal for the club on 20 October 2012 in a 4–1 home victory over Club Brugge. After being brought on in the 46th minute for Derick Ogbu, Karuru scored the fourth and final goal of the match for his side in the 81st minute. The assist came from Ebrahima Sawaneh.[7] He joined Chiefs on 22 July 2014 as a free agent after opting not to renew his contract with OH Leuven, who were relegated from the Jupiler League at the end of the 2013–14 season.[8]

Karuru joined Kaizer Chiefs and played in a pre-season friendly against Chippa United in which Chiefs won 4–2 in Port Elizabeth. Karuru received his work permit from the South African Department of Home Affairs on 22 August 2014 after a month-long delay.[9] He was released by Kaizer Chiefs on 31 May 2016.[10]

In February 2017, Karuru was picked up by South African club AmaZulu F.C. on a one-and-a-half year deal.[11] His league debut for the club came on 15 February 2017 in a 2–1 home loss to Mthatha Bucks F.C.. He was subbed on for Zola Jingxi in the 61st minute.[12] His first league goal for the club came on 19 April 2017 in a 3–1 away win over Royal Eagles F.C.. His goal, scored in the 69th minute, made the score 2–1 in favour of AmaZulu.[13]

International career[edit]

Karuru is a former member of the Zimbabwe U20 team and was with them as part of the 2009 African Nations Championship,[14] he was also given captaincy of the team.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 17 July 2019.[2]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Other[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AmaZulu 2016–17 National First Division 13 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
2017–18 South African Premier Division 25 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 26 4
2018–19 21 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 23 3
Total 59 8 3 1 1 0 0 0 63 9
Career total 59 8 3 1 1 0 0 0 63 9
  1. ^ Includes the Nedbank Cup.
  2. ^ Includes the Telkom Knockout.
  3. ^ Includes the MTN 8.

International[edit]

As of 30 June 2017.[4]
National team Year Apps Goals
Zimbabwe
2007 2 0
2008 5 0
2009 1 0
2010 1 0
2011 6 1
2012 2 0
2013 2 0
2014 1 0
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 7 6
2018 5 0
2019 6 0
Total 38 7

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Zimbabwe's goal tally first.[4]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 September 2011 National Sports Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe  Liberia 2–0 3–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 26 June 2017 Moruleng Stadium, Moruleng, South Africa  Mozambique 1–0 4–0 2017 COSAFA Cup
3. 2–0
4. 30 June 2017 Moruleng Stadium, Moruleng, South Africa  Seychelles 1–0 6–0 2017 COSAFA Cup
5. 2–0
6. 4–0
7. 2 July 2017 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, South Africa  Swaziland 1–0 2–1 2017 COSAFA Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Masvingo United

Kaizer Chiefs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ovidy Karuru – Fussballdaten – Die Fußball-Datenbank
  2. ^ a b Ovidy Karuru at Soccerway. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  3. ^ Karuru fails at Newcastle united Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c Ovidy Karuru at National-Football-Teams.com
  5. ^ "Ligue 1 - Transferts - Le Zimbabwéen Ovidy Karuru signe à Boulogne". ESPNFC.com. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Leuven vs. Zulte-Waregem – 15 September 2012 – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  7. ^ "Leuven vs. Club Brugge – 20 October 2012 – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  8. ^ "Karuru signs for Chiefs - Ovidy Karuru to be unveiled as Kaizer Chiefs player". soccerladuma.co.za.
  9. ^ "Karuru gets work permit - Kaizer Chiefs' Ovidy Karuru had received his work permit". soccerladuma.co.za.
  10. ^ http://www.kaizerchiefs.com/kc_articles.asp?id=3552594
  11. ^ "Ex-Chiefs Midfielder Signs for AmaZulu - Ovidy Karuru has joined AmaZulu". soccerladuma.co.za.
  12. ^ "AmaZulu vs. Mthatha Bucks – 15 February 2017 – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  13. ^ "Royal Eagles vs. AmaZulu – 19 April 2017 – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  14. ^ Sharuko, Robson (10 March 2009). "Zimbabwe: Karuru in Chan Team". The Herald (Harare). Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  15. ^ Sharuko, Robson (16 January 2008). "Zimbabwe: Karuru's Big Break". The Herald (Harare). Retrieved 18 May 2018.

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