KNOW YOUR SPORTS STAR
(A Small Bullet That Pierces Opponents’ Hearts with Ease)
- Nick name: Digital
- Position: Attacking Midfielder.
- Club: Nyasa Big Bullets Football
- Jersey number: 10
- Previous Club: Surestream FC
For every successful soccer club, there’s always a jersey number ten. For whatever reason, this jersey number carries with it a certain caché, a sense of prestige; some sign of respect. Perhaps it could be because some of the planet’s finest in the game used to (and others still) don that. The great Brazilian Pele, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, and our own Ernest Mtawali. Simply put, there is an aura of respect associated with this number.
Jersey number ten is the fulcrum of almost every soccer club. The wearer is supposed to be the saviour, a player par excellence.
Nyasa Big Bullets’ pint-sized midfielder, Mike Mkwate is no exception. What he lacks in physique, he has it in skill. His dazzling touches, and his supersonic pace when with the ball has always caused ecstasy to supporters from the stands, and those watching him at home.
Watching him playing reminds one of the mature Tikki taka Barcelona soccer displays. He is always an appealing sight to all and sundry.
Veteran local soccer analyst, Charles Nyirenda baptized Mkwate with the name, Digital, in recognition to his astounding football displays which, to Nyirenda can only be matched by video game soccer characters.
So, it is such accolades that EM’s Hazviperi Mbizi takes us closer to Mike Digital Mkwate, the young and gifted Bullets’ engine room.
Profile by Hazviperi Mbizi
- Date of birth……… 12th May, 1998
- Marital status………Single
- Favourite Meal……Nsima with Chambo and Masamba otendera
- Best Friend: …………Miracle Gabeya
- Club supported in his childhood: Big Bullets, and Real Madrid
- International Team… Real Madrid
- International Player……Luka Modric
- Favourite Malawian ‘professional’ player………….Robert Baggio Ng’ambi
- Favourite Coach …..Peter Mponda
- Toughest opponent ever faced: None
- Best Pitch ever played locally: Bingu National Stadium
- Worst Pitch (es) locally: Dedza, and Mzuzu Stadia
- Most Memorable moment…..When he scored 2 goals against Mafco, Carlsberg Cup Semifinal match (2016)
- Most Challenging match…….. When Moyale equalized in the dying minutes which saw Bullets exiting the Fisd Cup in 2016.
- Achievements/awards……Was voted man of the match in one of the games during the Under 20 COSAFA tournament. He also won the award of the player of the month in one of the months during the 2017 TNM season.
- Advice to the Up and Coming soccer stars…………..They must believe that everything is possible with God. They should also take heed of pieces of guidance from their respective coaches.