KNOW YOUR SPORTS STAR
- Guest: Emmanuel Siyeni Zoya
- Team: Nyasa Big Bullets
- Position: Defender
EMMANUEL ZOYA: THE HEART OF WATER-TIGHT BULLETS’ BACKLINE
Over the recent years, Nyasa Big Bullets has mean in letting goals pass through its man in between the sticks. If you have been following local soccer, you will agree with me that it is the rock-solid Emmanuel Zoya who has been leading Bullets’ backline to be causing mayhem to opposition forwards. Although he has been in the doldrums in recent past as he is nursing an injury, on a good day, Zoya is simply unstoppable.
Join us as we profile the glorious career of this noble bullet.
Profile by Cathy P Jimu (The Sports Princess)
Date of birth: 28 Oct 1990
Marital status: Married and have one kid
Favourite meal: Rice served with beef
Jersey number: 3
Why the jersey number?: There is a lot that is associated with that number. Firstly, there are three of us in our family. Secondly, James Chimera Jnr, one of my role models used to don that jersey number as well. So, jersey number three is no ordinary number at Nyasa Big Bullets.
Previous clubs: Civo United
Best coach ever: Elia Guardiola Kananji aka Mr Carlsberg, and Gilbert Chirwa
Favourite local player (s): Chimango Kayira, and Fischer Kondowe
Favourite international Player: Kolcheny, the Arsenal captain
Favourite Malawian player playing outside: Limbikani Mzava
Most memorable goal ever scored: That goal I scored against Mighty Beforward Wanderers during last season’s TNM super league. That was so epic!
Toughest opponent ever faced: Yamikani Chester
Toughest referee in Malawi: Danken Lengani
Most memorable match: Malawi vs Rwanda match was my first international game hahaha man ndimangoseka ndikakhala ndekha (I always smile when I reminisce what i was doing) when the-then Flames mentor Kinnah Phiri had named me in his first eleven squad. said am starting the game. I was so nervous…but thanks to the senior guys who calmed me down.
And also in 2015 when I was with Civo United. Standard Bank Cup finals against, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers. This was also so memorable.
Whom do you think is going to win this season’s English Premier League? Hahaha I’m a Gunner but I can see Liverpool clinching the title.
Fierce supporters in the TNM Super league: Nyasa Big Bullets supporters are the most fierce ones
Favourite TNM Super league youngster: Mike Mkwate
Accolades: Presidential cup winner, Carlsberg cup winner, Standard bank cup winner
-3 charity Shields winner
Secret to success: God fearing, working hard, perseverance and being humble are my cornerstones