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Tando Velaphi

Tando Velaphi

Velaphi training with Melbourne Victory in 2011
Personal information
Full name Tando Yuji Velaphi[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987
Place of birth Perth, Australia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
Number 20
Youth career
Perth SC
2004–2006 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Perth SC 12 (0)
2007 Queensland Roar (loan) 1 (0)
2007–2011 Perth Glory 74 (0)
2011–2013 Melbourne Victory 3 (0)
2013– Melbourne City[2] 3 (0)
National team
2006 Australia U-20 6 (0)
2007 Australia U-23 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:20, 21 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2010

Tando Yuji Velaphi (born 17 April 1987) is an Australian football (soccer) player who currently plays for Melbourne City in the Australian A-League.[3]

Club career

Velaphi trained at the AIS in Canberra on a football scholarship. He began his senior career at Perth SC, and while there, had loan stints at Newcastle Jets and Queensland Roar. He made his A-League debut with Queensland on 12 January 2007 in a 2–1 win over Melbourne Victory at Docklands Stadium, his performance in the match earning praise from then-Queensland coach Frank Farina.[4]

Velaphi was re-signed for Perth Glory as their youth marquee player, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2010/2011 season. The 2009/10 season was Tando's best to date, solidifying his spot between the posts and keeping 9 clean sheets over the course of the campaign.

On 8 February 2011, Melbourne Victory announced that they had signed Velaphi on a two-year deal from Perth Glory on a free transfer.[5] He made his début for the Victory in the 2011 AFC Champions League on 5 April, in a 1–1 draw against Tianjin Teda.[6] He managed to play 4 out of the Victory's 6 Asian Champions League games. Unfortunately for Tando, he suffered an injury in the pre-season, just after the AFC Champions League, causing him to sit out for the vast majority of the season. He made his official A-League debut for the Victory in Round 26, the penultimate round of the season against the Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park, a match in which the Victory won 3-0. He appeared in the following round against Perth Glory at Nib Stadium, but the Victory slumped to a 4-2 defeat.

Velaphi made his first appearance of the 2012-13 A-League season in the Victory's Round 3 match against Adelaide United, a match which the Victory won 2-1. He was then replaced in the starting lineup by Nathan Coe, and failed to make another appearance in the season.

Velaphi, along with teammates Diogo Ferreira, Spase Dilevski and Sam Gallagher were released by Melbourne Victory in April 2013, shortly after the end of the 2012-13 A-League season.[7] In his three years at the club, Velaphi made just 3 out of a possible 56 appearances for the club.

Following his release from the Victory, he joined cross town rivals Melbourne Heart on a one year deal.Where he managed to play the last three matches of the 2013/14 season.

Tando Velaphi has also signed on for another 1 year deal with the Melbourne Heart after much discussion.

International career

Velaphi played for the Young Socceroos, playing in the 2006 AFC Youth Championship and is currently a member of the Olyroos. Due to the withdrawal of first-choice Olyroos goalkeeper Danny Vukovic through suspension, Velaphi was competing with Reading back-up keeper, Adam Federici to become the Olyroos' starting goalkeeper at the Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament, but made no appearances for the Olyroos

Tando revealed in January 2010 that his long-term ambition is to leave Australia and play regular football in Europe, in the hopes of securing a place on Australia's 2014 World Cup roster.[8]

Personal life

Velaphi was born in Perth, Western Australia. His father is Zimbabwean, and his mother is Japanese.[9][10]

A-League career statistics

As of 16 September 2014

CS = Clean Sheets

Club Season League Finals Cup Asia1 Total
Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS
Queensland Roar 2006–07 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Perth Glory 2007–08 8 1 4 1 12 2
2008–09 13 1 0 0 13 1
2009–10 24 9 1 0 25 9
2010–11 28 4 28 4
Total 73 15 1 0 4 1 0 0 78 16
Melbourne Victory 2010–11 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0
2011–12 2 1 2 1
2012–13 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 7 1
Melbourne City 2013–14 0 0 0 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A-League total 77 16 1 0 4 1 4 0 86 17

1 - AFC Champions League statistics are included in season ending during group stages (i.e. ACL 2011 and A-League season 2010–11 etc.)


  1. ^ Tando Yuji Velaphi at Eurosport
  2. ^ the team was known as Melbourne Heart prior to 2014
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Farina's praise for kid gloves Velaphi". The Sydney Morning Herald. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Victory snaps up Velaphi
  6. ^ Twomey, Liam (12 April 2011). "Velaphi loving life at Victory". Sportal. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Tando Velaphi looks to 2014 World Cup
  9. ^ "Danny Vukovic fails in bid to go to Beijing". Herald Sun. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  10. ^ AAP (11 January 2007). "Nervous Tando steps in for Roar". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 

External links

  • Melbourne Victory profile
  • FFA - Olyroo profile
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