Kieran Ngwenya
Kieran Ngwenya
Kieran Ngwenya
● Kieran Ngwenya, 2023 (PTFC)

born in Scotland

Kieran Tendelo Ngwenya was born on Wednesday, 25th September, 2002, in Glasgow.

The 6' 0 (12st 12lbs) defender temporarily transferred to Kris Doolan's Thistle on Thursday, 10th August, 2023, from his parent club, Aberdeen.

Aged 20, he made his debut appearance on Sunday, 20th August, 2023, in a 4-0 defeat away to Heart of Midlothian in the League Cup.

We look forward to seeing Kieran score his first goal for Thistle.

His club-list includes Aberdeen, Cove Rangers, Kelty Hearts, Raith Rovers and Partick Thistle.

Kieran is contracted at Firhill until May, 2024.

Bio Extra

Tall and athletic, Aberdeen coach Neil Simpson (in 2020) described Kieran as a modern left-wing-back who defends well and has pace to burn when getting down the flank. The Glasgow-born, Edinburgh-raised youth stood out at Tynecastle Boys Club and, before turning senior, was a Scottish Juvenile Youth player and Scottish Cup Youth finalist. His full-time academic studies took him from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, and he made a big impact for their under 18s side in 2018-2019, so much so that he signed his first professional contract at Pittodrie at the end of that first season.

Kieran made his first team debut for the Dons against Ross County in December 2020 and on 25th March 2021 was sent out on loan to Cove Rangers for the remainder of the season. His progress during 2020-21 attracted international attention, and he was called up to the Malawi squad in the summer of 2021. Malawi is the birthplace of his father Bryne who is the Head of School in GeoSciences at Edinburgh University. As well as Scotland and Malawi, the (then) 18-year-old also qualified for Trinidad & Tobago through mum Annette who moved to Scotland to study medicine. On 13th June 2021, Kieran played the full 90 minutes of Malawi's 2-0 friendly defeat away to Tanzania in Dar es Salaam, to date his sole international appearance.

On the 19th of July 2021 it was announced by Aberdeen that Kieran had signed an extension to his contract, tying him to Pittodrie until 2024. He continued his development on loan to Kelty Hearts, making 27 competitive appearances in 2021-22 as the Fifers became runaway League Two champions. Stepping up two grades, Kieran signed a season-long loan-deal with second-tier Raith Rovers, notching up 30 appearances in 2022-23. Another season-long loan-deal was arranged in August 2023, when Kris Doolan won the battle for Kieran's signature, citing him as a high calibre of player who would provide genuine competition for Harry Milne in the Thistle starting eleven.

(WS)



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