Iqbal "Iqi" Jawadi was a midfielder who played with South Melbourne in two stints, from 2013-2016, and in 2018.
Jawadi was one of the Dandenong Thunder players who joined the club in mid-2013 upon the arrival of Chris Taylor as coach. Jawadi had had a long-standing relationship with Taylor from their shared time in Victorian state youth teams.
Jawadi had an outstanding year during South's championship season of 2014, winning the Theo Marmaras Medal for the club's best player. At the end of the season, Jawadi extended his contract with South until the end of 2016.
Jawadi added goalscoring to his repertoire in 2015, and he was also invited to train with the Afghan national team but his season will likely be most remembered for his red card in the 2015 NPL Victoria grand final, which also saw him miss the NPL National Playoffs
Injuries and a falling out with Taylor derailed Jawadi's 2016 season - he did not play in any of South's three finals matches - and he was released from the club at the end of the season, whereupon he joined Oakleigh Cannons for the 2017 season, a stint which lasted just half a season before he dropped down to Dandenong Thunder in NPL 2.
Jawadi was signed by South for a second time on the eve of the 2018 season. While he started in most games during the first half of the year, injuries and the coaching changes led to Jawadi being relegated to a bench position, and his eventual exit from the club for a second time..
- NPL Victoria Champions 2014, 2016
- NPL Victoria Premiers (2015)
- 2015 Dockerty Cup
- 2015 FFV Community Shield
- Theo Marmaras Medal 2014
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- ↑ https://www.smfc.com.au/from-kabul-to-melbourne-souths-very-own-afghan-connection/
- ↑ https://www.smfc.com.au/jawadi-wins-theo-marmaras-medal-as-south-celebrate-2014-season-in-style/
- ↑ https://www.smfc.com.au/jawadi-extends-contract-until-end-of-2016-npl-season/
- ↑ https://www.ftbl.com.au/news/afghanistan-eyes-aussie-players-475429
- ↑ https://www.cornerflag.com.au/jawadi-to-bolster-oakleigh-midfield-as-club-makes-first-signing/
- ↑ http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/States/VIC/2017NPL2ER.html
- ↑ https://www.smfc.com.au/jawadi-returns-season-2018/
- ↑ There are some discrepancies with published online materials, but the statistical records suggest the totals here are correct.