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Get To Know Your Rowdies - Stanley Nyazamba

Stanley Nyazamba, also known as “Stan the Man” on the field, began playing soccer when he was only four years old in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.  Stanley moved from Zimbabwe only a few years ago to play soccer in college for Lee University.  To date, Stanley holds the record at his alma mater for all-time assists with 60 assists.  Stanley continued his soccer career first for the Cape Cod Crusaders in USL PDL and then for the Richmond Kickers of USL-2.  He played in 16 games scoring eight goals and was named 2008 USL-2 Rookie of the Year. Stanley most recently played for MLS’s Columbus Crew in 2009.

With the Rowdies, Stanley has logged more than 1,000 minutes of playing time, which is seventh-best on the team.  “Stan the Man” has played in 17 of the 19 matches and started in 13.  He has recorded seven shots on goal and assisted Aaron King’s goal against Montreal on June 12.

What made you choose the Rowdies?
I have been around former 70’s and 80’s Rowdies players since I’ve been in the U.S. and they all love the club and its traditions. That and the plans for the future helped me decide on Tampa.

What’s your typical pre-match meal?
Pasta and steak

Any gameday superstitions or traditions?
I listen to Luciano “In This Together” before playing a match

What has been your most memorable moment involving soccer so far?
Being a part of the Columbus Crew’s 2008 MLS Championship team

Growing up, what soccer team did you support?

What career would you be pursuing if you weren’t a soccer player?
I would be a soccer coach.

Who’s your hero?
My late mother

What are you listening to on your iPod right now?
Buju Banton

Top 3 favorite movies:
Blue Streak, Money Talks and National Security

Where is your favorite place to go in the world?
South Africa

Cats or Dogs?

If you were on a deserted island, who and what would you take with you?
Eva Mendez, a bucket of wings and water

What is your favorite food?
Thin crust pizza and wings

What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t had a chance to do yet?
Go to Jamaica and visit Bob Marley’s house

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Donna Giglio
Think he is awesome!! Been Rowdie Fan from original Rowdies starting back in '74!! So love to have Rowdies back and think we once again need to support all the players and team!!
August 03, 2010 - 10:48 pm
Mary & Trouble
oooooooooooo, Stanley! So glad they finally did your bio! We'll have to treat you to Morty's Pizza in New Port Richey, and the best Hooters is right here, too, on the Gulf! (but this is NOT your best picture--you are much more handsome smiling! lol )
August 05, 2010 - 10:56 am

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