Emma Mukandi

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Emma Mukandi
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Personal information
Birth name Emma Mitchell
Date of birth (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 30)
Place of birth Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) [1]
Position(s) Left-back
Club information
Current team
Number 3
Youth career
St. Johnstone Girls
Senior career*
2008–2012 Glasgow City 35 (38)
2013 SGS Essen 11 (1)
2013–2020 Arsenal 74 (3)
2020Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 4 (2)
2020– Reading 20 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Scotland U17 9 (2)
2009–2011 Scotland U19 22 (3)
2011– Scotland [2] 67 (7)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 7 November 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 7 September 2022

Emma Mukandi ( née Mitchell; born 19 September 1992) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for FA WSL club Reading. She began her senior career with Glasgow City then joined German Frauen-Bundesliga club SGS Essen. Primarily a defender, Mukandi has also played as a forward. [3] Mukandi also plays for the Scotland women's national football team.


Club career

Born in Kirkcaldy, she grew up in the town of Buckhaven, Fife. Mukandi went on to become the only girl to play for her local high school team at the age of twelve. [4] She started her career with St Johnstone Girls, alongside fellow future Frauen-Bundesliga player Lisa Evans, before both girls joined Scottish Women's Premier League champions Glasgow City in August 2008. [3] [5]

At the end of the 2012 season, Mukandi had a trial period in Denmark with earlier Champions League opponents Fortuna Hjørring, before heading for further trials in Sweden and Germany. [6] [7] [8]

Mukandi signed professionally for Frauen-Bundesliga side SGS Essen in January 2013. [9] After just four months, reports in Germany linked Mukandi with a transfer to English champions Arsenal. [10] Arsenal confirmed the move on 22 July 2013. [11]

Emma Mukandi with Arsenal Millwall Lionesses Vs Arsenal Ladies (16286197694).jpg
Emma Mukandi with Arsenal

Whilst at Arsenal, Mukandi won an FA Cup in 2014 with WSL Cups coming in 2013 and 2015. With the Gunners, she also went on a successful run to the FA Cup final of 2016. Arsenal beat Chelsea 1–0 at Wembley and Mukandi lifted the 2016 FA Cup. [12]

On 3 January 2020, it was announced that Mukandi would be joining Tottenham Hotspur on loan for the rest of the season. [13]


On 15 July 2020, Reading announced the signing of Mukandi from Arsenal. [14] On 20 July 2022, Reading announced that Mukandi had returned to the club and signed a one-year contract, following the birth of her daughter. [15] On 7 September 2022, Reading announced that Mukandi was their new club captain. [16]

International career

After captaining both the national Under-17 and Under-19 teams, Mukandi made her debut with the senior Scottish national team against France in May 2011. Despite conceding a penalty in Scotland's 1–1 draw, her contribution was praised by coach Anna Signeul: "Emma Mitchell did really well on her first appearance. It is a shame that she conceded the penalty, it was just a bit of inexperience to be honest, but she didn't let her head go down and kept working hard." [17]

Mukandi attended the Scottish Football Association National Performance Centre at the University of Stirling. [18] She scored her first goal for the Senior women's side against Iceland in August 2012 and later that year scored against Spain in a 2013 UEFA Women's Euro Play-off defeat.

She was ruled out of the Scotland squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2017 by a hamstring injury. [19] After injury disrupted her appearances for Arsenal in the 2018–19 season, she was left out of the squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. [20]

Mukandi was recalled to the Scotland squad in August 2022, as she resumed her playing career after giving birth in November 2021. [21]

Career statistics


As of match played 6 November 2022 [1]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalOtherTotal
Arsenal 2013 FA Women's Super League 802040-80
2014 1303020-130
2015 11030--110
2016 12020--120
2017 000000--00
2017–18 17163--234
2018–19 1111031--152
2019–20 21003130-82
Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 2019–20 FA Women's Super League422000--62
Reading 2020–21 FA Women's Super League1400030--170
2021–22 000000--00
2022–23 600000--60
Career total9853025590--13510

    International goals

    As of match played 10 March 2020. Scotland score listed first, score column indicates score after each of her goals. [2]
    International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
    14 August 2012 Cappielow, Greenock, Scotland Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1–11–1 Friendly
    230 August 2012 East End Park, Dunfermline, ScotlandFlag of Norway.svg  Norway 1–02–2Friendly
    324 October 2012 La Ciudad del Fútbol, Las Rozas de Madrid, Spain Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1–02–3 Women's Euro 2013 qual.
    48 March 2013 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus Flag of England.svg  England 4–44–4 2013 Cyprus Women's Cup
    57 April 2013East End Park, Dunfermline, ScotlandFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 2–12–1Friendly
    66 March 2015GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, CyprusFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 1–22–3 2015 Cyprus Women's Cup
    78 March 2016 Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk, ScotlandFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 1–01–1Friendly

    Personal life

    In October 2019, Mukandi spoke about her struggles with her mental health issues. [22]

    Mukandi was left out of the Scotland international squad in June 2021 as she had recently become pregnant. [23] On 28 November 2021, she gave birth to a baby girl. [24]

    In August 2022, she married Head of Strength & Conditioning at Ipswich Town, Ivan Mukandi. [25]



    Glasgow City [26]

    Arsenal [12] [26]


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