Vitalis Takawira

Vitalis Takawira
Vitalis Takawira
Personal information
Full name Vitalis Takawira
Date of birth 24 September 1972 (1972-09-24) (age 39)
Place of birth Salisbury, Rhodesia
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989-1995 Dynamos ? (?)
1995-1996 FC Winterthur 10 (9)
1996-2000 Kansas City Wizards 110 (29)
2000-2002 Milwaukee Rampage 70 (39)
2002-2004 Milwaukee Wave United 30 (8)
National team
1992-1999 Zimbabwe 26 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 15, 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 15, 2010

Vitalis "Digital" Takawira (born September 24, 1972 [1] in Salisbury) is a retired Zimbabwean football player. He has played forward and attacking midfield professionally in Zimbabwe, Switzerland and the United States, as well as for the Zimbabwe national team.


He came to prominence in Zimbabwe while playing for popular Harare outfit, Dynamos, where he was top goal scorer for five seasons. Takawira was the top scorer in the Zimbabwean First Division three times and won the African Golden Boot in 1994. He signed with Major League Soccer in 1996, and was allocated to Kansas City Wiz (later Wizards).[2] Takawira spent the next four years with Kansas City, playing 110 times, with 29 goals scored and 19 assists in the league.[1] After goals, he would often celebrate with the Digital Crawl, where he would get down and walk on all fours as teammates joined in.

After leaving MLS, Takawira moved down to the A-League, where he played for Milwaukee Rampage and Milwaukee Wave United. He was named A-League MVP in 2000 and helped Rampage to the league title in 2002.

For Zimbabwe, Takawira played from 1992–1999,[3] and scored 12 goals in 26 appearances.


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