|Full name||Tarkan Nain Mustafa|
|Date of birth||28 August 1973|
|Place of birth||Islington, London, England|
|2000–2003||Rushden & Diamonds||75||(1)|
|2002–2003||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||5||(1)|
|2003–2004||Dagenham & Redbridge||52||(2)|
|2005||→ Billericay Town (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 August 2007.|
Tarkan Mustafa (born 28 August 1973) is a British football right-sided defender or winger who plays for Canvey Island. He has previously played in the Football League for both Barnet and Rushden & Diamonds. He has represented the England semi-professional side, and is of Turkish Cypriot origin.
Mustafa was with Norwich City as a schoolboy before joining Wimbledon. He failed to make their first team and was released into non-league football. He joined Kettering Town for the 1996–97 season, leaving to join Barnet at the end of the season. His league debut came on 16 August 1997 when he played as a second-half substitute for Sam Stockley in the 2–1 defeat at home to Exeter City.
He struggled to establish himself at Barnet and was released at the end of the season, joining Kingstonian. In 1999, he scored the winning goal in the FA Trophy final for Kingstonian against Forest Green Rovers. Mustafa joined Rushden & Diamonds in June 2000 and was a regular in the Conference winning side the following season. He remained a regular in the Football League side the following season, but was transfer-listed in November 2002 after losing his place. He had a trial with Coventry City before joining Doncaster Rovers on loan in December 2002. He returned to Rushden after his month on loan, despite Doncaster offering a contact until the end of the 2004–05 season, and in February 2003 joined Dagenham & Redbridge, with his most notable goal coming against his former club Doncaster in a 3–2 defeat in the inaugural Conference Play-off Final.
In May 2004, Mustafa followed Dagenham manager Garry Hill to ambitious Conference South side Hornchurch and was part of the side that looked set to run away with the league the following season. However, in November 2004 Hornchurch were in serious financial trouble after the collapse of their main sponsor and placed their entire squad on the transfer list. Mustafa left and trained with Peterborough United before joining Aldershot Town in January 2005.
He was loaned to Billericay Town in October 2005, and was released by Aldershot in February 2006. He then moved to Lewes before soon joining Worthing, moving to Thurrock in September 2006 and Eastleigh in November 2006.
He has also played for Clapton, Leyton and Redbridge. For Redbridge he was a consistent performer playing an important role in their run to the Isthmian League Division One North Playoff Final against Canvey Island, which Canvey won after a tense shootout. Mustafa later joined Canvey ready for the 2008–09 season.
- WIAO Fanzine. Desiredeffect.co.uk.
- Rovers sign Mustafa. Nonleaguedaily.com (20 December 2002).
- Mustafa rejects Rovers. Nonleaguedaily.com (22 January 2003).
- Daggers sign Mustafa. Nonleaguedaily.com.
- Mustafa leaves Daggers. Nonleaguedaily.com.
- No surprise as Mustafa joins Urchins. Nonleaguedaily.com.
- Shots confirm Mustafa arrival. Nonleaguedaily.com (26 January 2005).
- Billericay borrow Mustafa. Nonleaguedaily.com.
- Mustafa leaves shots. Nonleaguedaily.com (24 February 2006).
- Essex return for Mustafa. Nonleaguedaily.com.
- Four in – two out at Eastleigh. Nonleaguedaily.com (13 July 2007).
- Rebel return for Mustafa. Nonleaguedaily.com.