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Tam Nsaliwa
Personal information
Full name Tamandani Wazayo Phillip Nsaliwa
Date of birth January 28, 1982 (1982-01-28) (age 28)
Place of birth    Lilongwe, Malawi
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current club AEK Athens
Number 8
Youth career
University of Alberta
Edmonton Warriors
Energie Cottbus
Edmonton Drillers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Jahn Regensburg
AEK Athens
03 (0)
43 (0)
25 (1)
64 (0)
27 (2)
36 (0)   
National team2
2001–2008 Canada 13 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 9 June (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 10 December 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Tamandani Wazayo Phillip "Tam" Nsaliwa (born on on 28 January 1982 in Lilongwe, Malawi) is a professional soccer player currently playing as a defensive midfielder for AEK Athens in the Greek Super League.


Club career


Early years

Nsaliwa was born in Lilongwe, Malawi and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia at age eight. He attended the University of Alberta[1] and then played for local sides Edmonton Drillers (indoor) and Edmonton Warriors.


He moved to Germany to play for Second Division outfit Nürnberg who, while he only played a minor part, won the league title to clinch promotion to the First Bundesliga. However, Nsaliwa was offloaded to Saarbrücken and carried on to play on the second level for 5 more years, including one season at Jahn Regensburg. Nsaliwa relinquished his Canadian citizenship to become a citizen of Germany (where he spent six years) in 2007 to avoid local rules limiting the number of non-EU internationals permitted in a team.[2]


In 2006, he was lured to Greek Super League side Panionios by their new German manager Ewald Lienen and enjoyed his first season of top league football. On the final day of the season he scored his second league goal against local giants AEK Athens, whom he immediately joined after that game.

International career

Nsaliwa played at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina, alongside Julian De Guzman and Mike Klukowski among others.[3]

He made his senior his debut for Canada in an April 2001 LG Cup match against Egypt and has, by December 2009, earned a total of 13 caps, scoring no goals. He has not yet represented Canada in FIFA World Cup qualification matches but did play a game at the 2001 Confederations Cup and 3 at the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Personal life

Although he represented the Canada men's national soccer team at full international level, he renounced his Canadian citizenship to become a citizen of Germany in 2007 to avoid local rules limiting the number of non-EU internationals permitted in a team.


AEK Athens F.C.


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