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Tendai
Mzungu

Height
182 cm
DOB
28-02-1986
Weight
84 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2016
5
Career
102
Goals
2016
0
Career
54
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
281
Avg
56
TendaiMzungu

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Trinity Aquinas (WA)
Recruited from: Perth (WA)
Draft information: National Draft 2010, traded by Gold Coast for pick 39
Debut: Round 9, 2011 v Port Adelaide
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 9

OUTLOOK
An early season injury and a talent laden Fremantle team limited Mzungu to only 11
 games in 2015. The reliable utility broke his own personal best in the 3km time trial and will look for consistency as he approaches his 100th game.

WHAT THE COACH SAYS (Simon Eastaugh)

Tendai hasn’t missed a beat the entire pre-season. He’s trained exceptionally well and did extra
work over the break. Is one of our better runners consistently, day in and day out on the track.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Mzungu spent more time in the WAFL developing his game in 2015 but when he was called upon he was solid and performed in a number of roles.

Mzungu has become one of the most reliable players in the side, capable of performing a number of roles. He enjoyed another strong season, missing just the one game.

Played every game and was incredibly consistent all season long. Mzungu kicked 16 goals playing from the midfield.

Tendai Mzungu consolidated his auspicious debut 2011 season with another fine year in 2012.

On top of averaging 17 disposals per game, he was one of Fremantle’s best pressure acts players – a statistic Ross Lyon rates highly.

Mzungu had 20 pressure acts per game, just 0.2 behind the relentless Matt de Boer. Of these, 13.5 were implied pressure acts, which include corralling an opponent and chasing from behind to put opposition players with the ball under the pump. This ranked seventh overall in the AFL last season.

One of the best endurance athletes in the AFL, Mzungu was also named Best Clubman at Freo in 2012 – a richly deserved Award for a player who did as much off the field for the club as he did on it.

Charity partner ambassador: Redkite

Mzungu deservedly won the Beacon Award as Fremantle’s best first year player in 2011, playing in a variety of roles. The mature-age recruit had to wait until round 9 to debut following a pre-season knee injury, but he made every one of his 14 matches count from that point on. He still managed to finish 11th at the club for total disposals (267), 10th for uncontested possessions (172) and effective kicks (99), and ninth for total goals (11). Mzungu will be looking forward to playing an entire season in 2012 and can really make his mark on the competition.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 7.6
    • Handballs 7.6
    • Disposals 15.2
    • Marks 2.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 56.2

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Handballs 15 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Disposals 24 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Marks 5 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Hawthorn Rd 8
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 88 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Western Bulldogs L 103 - 38 6 6 12 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 41
2 Gold Coast Suns L 100 - 126 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 West Coast Eagles L 92 - 59 5 7 12 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 31
4 North Melbourne L 132 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Carlton L 68 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Adelaide Crows L 97 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 GWS Giants L 77 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Hawthorn L 116 - 75 9 5 14 3 0 1 2 6 0 1 66
9 Richmond L 45 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 St Kilda L 101 - 67 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Essendon W 126 - 47 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions W 64 - 147 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Port Adelaide W 86 - 69 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Collingwood L 85 - 37 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne L 87 - 55 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Geelong Cats L 61 - 78 9 5 14 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 55
18 Gold Coast Suns L 105 - 81 9 15 24 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 88
19 Sydney Swans L 47 - 137 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles L 64 - 110 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Adelaide Crows L 70 - 142 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GWS Giants L 129 - 37 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 18 38 38 76 14 0 3 5 15 0 1 281

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 102
    • Kicks 10.9
    • Handballs 6.8
    • Disposals 17.8
    • Marks 4.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 3.5
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 75.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Sydney Swans W1, 2014
Handballs 16 Hawthorn Rd 19, 2011
Disposals 30 St Kilda Rd 20, 2011
Marks 11 GWS Giants Rd 17, 2014
Hit-outs 2 Sydney Swans W1, 2014
Tackles 11 Carlton Rd 21, 2011
Goals 3 Richmond Rd 17, 2013
AFL Fantasy 133 Melbourne Rd 9, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Fremantle 38 38 76 14 0 3 5 15 0 1 281
2015 Fremantle 95 83 178 40 0 10 10 50 2 1 764
2014 Fremantle 276 149 425 106 6 12 15 71 12 9 1782
2013 Fremantle 287 169 456 127 9 19 25 71 16 5 1918
2012 Fremantle 266 143 409 85 5 16 20 103 13 13 1803
2011 Fremantle 151 116 267 63 0 12 10 52 11 3 1133

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 games: Round 13, 2013 v North Melbourne

100 games: Round 8, 2016 v Hawthorn

Awards

Club Awards

Best Clubman
2012

Best First Year Player (Beacon Award)
2011

 

Q & A

Nickname: Muz

Best holiday: Went to the states 3 or 4 years ago, New York and San Fran

Best piece of advice your mother gave you: Mum gives me lots of good advice. Our property guy gave me really interesting piece of advice, don't shave your head because it may never grow back

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you like to be: I’m studying to be a teacher, so will probably get into that, but I love my sport. I’d love to travel the world and play tennis

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: Enjoy the now, try and enjoy every moment

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: I’d love to sit down with Roger Federer

Morning or evening person, why: I’m more of a lunchtime person

Favourite timeslot to play in, why: Afternoon, get up have breaky, go for a walk down the beach and straight into it

Favourite footy journalist: Gerard Whateley

Favourite TV caller/commentator: Brian Taylor

Worst injury: Haven’t had too many bad injuries

How many text messages do you send a day: Not too many

Three phone apps you can’t live without: There’s only one app I can’t live without - Footy prodigy

Favourite Twitter account you follow: The great cricketer

Most embarrassing song in your iTunes: There’s a lot… I like to listen to TLC Waterfalls on the way home

Best concert you’ve been to: Fat Boy Slim

Where did you holiday after last season: New Zealand

Favourite sport other than football: Cricket, Tennis

What sport would you like to compete in at the 2016 Olympics: I’m more keeping my eye on the 2018 Olympics for the Bob Sled

Can you change a spare tyre: Yes

Do you iron your own shirts: Of course

Favourite restaurant: Sienna’s in Leederville

Do you believe in UFOs: I don’t necessarily believe in UFO’s but I believe there is probably something around somewhere

What three items would you take to a desert island: Phone, dog, charger

Any special hobbies or interests: Playing golf, tennis, listening to music, sleeping

Three famous people you would like to meet: Vince Vaughn, Barack Obama