Shabani Nonda

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Shabani Nonda
Personal information
Full name Shabani Christophe Nonda
Date of birth (1977-03-06) 6 March 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Bujumbura, Burundi
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1992 Atlético Olympic
1993–1994 Young Africans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Vaal Professionals 14 (9)
1996–1998 FC Zürich 75 (36)
1998–2000 Rennes 62 (39)
2000–2005 Monaco 115 (57)
2005–2007 Roma 14 (4)
2006–2007 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 26 (7)
2007–2010 Galatasaray 61 (23)
Total 367 (174)
National team
2000–2010 DR Congo 36[1] (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 October 2009.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2010

Shabani Christophe Nonda (born 6 March 1977 in Bujumbura, Burundi) is a retired DR Congolese international footballer who played as a striker. He earned 36 caps and scored 20 goals for the DR Congo, and was selected for their squad for the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations.


Club career[edit]

Nonda began his career at Atlético Olympic[2] in 1992. After playing in Tanzania with Young Africans and in South Africa with Vaal Professionals, he was discovered by FIFA agent Marcelo Houseman who then placed Nonda in Switzerland with FC Zürich in 1996 for a transfer fee of US$150,000.[citation needed]

After finishing top goalscorer in Switzerland two years running he was transferred to French side Stade Rennais in 1998 for a record fee of US$9 million dollars,[citation needed] and later moved to AS Monaco in 2000 again for €20 million, to replace David Trezeguet.[1] His performances, including those in the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final, earned him a move to Italian Serie A club A.S. Roma on a three-year deal in 2005 on free transfer, for which he earned €1.8 million in gross per season. (however the tax rate including regional tax may have added up to around 50%)[3][4] However, he never lived up to his potential – partly due to a knee injury sustained while at Monaco – and spent the 2006–07 season on loan at English side Blackburn Rovers.[5] While at Blackburn, Nonda announced his intention to sign a permanent deal,[6] Blackburn opted not to sign Nonda on a permanent deal and[7] he later signed for Turkish giant Galatasaray in August 2007 on a two-year deal.[8] On 28 January 2010 Galatasaray released him by mutual consent.

International career[edit]

Though he was born in Burundi, Nonda holds citizenship from Democratic Republic of the Congo and to date 36 international caps for the country, with 20 goals since 2000.[1] He retired from international football in 2005, and returned in 2007.[9] He scored a hat-trick against Republic of Djibouti in World Cup Qualifications in 2008.

Media personality[edit]

Throughout his footballing career, Nonda has hosted a DJ show for a Burundian radio station.


Shabani Nonda is a member of the "Champions for Peace" club, a group of famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.



France Monaco

Italy Roma

Turkey Galatasaray


Switzerland Zürich

France Monaco

  • Ligue 1 Top Scorer (26 goals): 2002-03


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  4. ^ "Nonda signs for Roma". BBC. 2005-06-11. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Rovers take Roma striker on loan". BBC. 2006-08-31. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  6. ^ "I want to stay in England - Nonda". BBC. 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  7. ^ Paul Fletcher (2007-06-22). "Blackburn in fight to keep Nonda". BBC. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  8. ^ Ibrahim Sannie (2007-08-31). "Shabani Nonda moves to Galatasary". BBC. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  9. ^ "Nonda set to return for DR Congo". BBC. 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 

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