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Player Profile: Shabani Nonda

Full Name: Shabani Chris Nonda
Date of Birth: 6th March 1977, Bujumbura (Burundi)
Nationality: Congolese
Position: Forward
Squad Number: 9
Internationals: Capped at Full level for Democratic Republic of Congo
Signed: August 2006 (on loan from Roma)
Previous Clubs: FC Zurich (Switzerland), Rennes, Monaco (both France) & Roma (Italy)

Having been born in Burundi Shabani Nonda and his family fled the war torn African nation as Civil war raged, but not before some horrific sites were witnessed.

As a teenager shelter was sought by Nonda and his family in neighbouring Tanzania. Eventually he became a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) whom he now represents at International level. Injuries have restricted these performances in recent years however.

His footballing career began with FC Zurich in 1995 and he scored 36 goals in 75 appearances before his goalscoring record brought him to the attention of other European teams. One such team were French top flight club Rennes, with him signing for them in 1998.

Between 1998 and 2000 whilst with Rennes he had a strike rate of exactly one goal every other game after finding the net 31 times in 62 games. This kind of strike rate alerted yet more of Europe's top club sides and as would be inevitable Nonda eventually moved on.

A big money 13 million move across France to the rich man's tax haven of Monaco took place in 2000. Despite some injury problems (between 2003 and 2005 in particular) Nonda was to be part of a successful Monaco side, the highlight seeing him a Champions League runner-up in 2004 also winning the Golden Boot in the 2002-2003 season with 26 goals in 35 games. In his five-year stay at Monaco he scored 57 goals in 116 games yet again very nearly a goal every other game.

An even greater European superpower in Italian giants Roma came calling in 2005. A frustrating season of injuries and lack of first team football saw the forward limited to just 16 games during the 2005-2006 season. He managed to score 4 goals though, two of which came in European competition.

Hopefully Nonda can recapture his top form having arrived for the 2006-2007 season on loan from Roma on transfer deadline day in August. Should he impress Mark Hughes a longer term deal is in the offering with the early signs looking very promising.

Blackburn Rovers appearances and goals up to the start of the 2006-2007 Season
League: 0
FA Cup: 0
League Cup: 0
Other (European etc.): 0
TOTAL: 0 - 0 goals

Nonda only signed on a season long loan in August 2006 so he has no previous Rovers data.

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The Journalist

Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 15 2006

Time: 12:00PM

Your Comments

I'm liking what I'm seeing and think he has plenty to offer Rovers in the future, and not just for his loan spell.
Hughes Da Man
tut tut HDM - he has scored once in the prem - I think it was at the Riverside... I remember it because it was the only decent thing to happen all afternoon, it only other incident, which was of note but not quality entertainment, was Savage getting his kit off!
Ex Ewood Resident
plus I'm going to disagree... I fear he maybe another Sinama Pongolle - good but not good enough - I want to see Frannie be given a proper go... but Hughesy always takes his time with decisions...
Ex Ewood Resident
I haven't said that Nonda hasen't scored for Rovers. The stats are up to the start of the 2006-2007 season, and since he only arrived in August he'll have no previous history!
Hughes Da Man
Only time will tell if he'll be another Pongolle.
Hughes Da Man
well if he cost roma 13m them how much would we buy him for ?
marshinrover
Not much - He cost Monaco 13, but i think he went to Roma for free (or as good as) - It sounds like we have another cut-price option on the lad, as we did with Zurab, and for my money he's well worth it. He's not had many chances this season, and when he has had one, he seems to be so desperate to impress that he snatches at it. I've seen enough of him to be confident that he will prove to be a great signing - Works hard, has the talent, has the strength and determination, looks more than capable of having a good partnership with any of McCarthy Roberts or Franny, thanks to his versatility and style of play. I'd bite Roma's hands off to be honest.
Head Rover Heels
He cost Monaco 13 million when he was at his height of goalscoring form, you are right Head Rover Heels went to Roma for free so will more than likely sign for a cut price amount.
Hughes Da Man
HDM - my humble apologies I don't notice 2006-7 bit! I reckon will get him for about 2 mill - I do hope he comes good... but the similarities to Pongolle are there perhaps he needs more time... Thank God Sparky is t'manager and not me!
Ex Ewood Resident
I accept your apologies EER, but only because they were humble! I'd think we'll get him cheaper than 2m. I know what you mean about being gald Sparky is the manager and not us, we all think we could do it but in reality VERY few could!
Hughes Da Man
 

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