KNOW YOUR SPORTS STAR
Profile by Catherine P Jimu(The Sports Princess)
He was relatively unknown to many a Malawian soccer follower. But as the clock struck 18:00 hours, on the 1st of July 2018, Stuart Mbunge became a celebrity overnight. He is the man Nyasa Big Bullets will swear to hate for a better part of this season. His controversial penalty not only caused mayhem at Bingu National stadium on that fateful Airtel top eight finals, but also denied Bullets a taste of this season’s first silverware. Not only that, it also granted his team, Blue Eagles FC the first trophy in as many years.
EM’s Catherine P Jimu has compiled a profile of this Blue Eagles FCs’ highly underrated kingpin.
Date of Birth: 03 April 1993
Club: Blue Eagles FC
Squad (Jersey) number: 10
Why opting for the number: Lionel Meesi, and Eden Hazard are my idols, hence my falling in love with it.
Previous clubs: Kasungu Police FC, and Embangweni Fc
Best friend in football: John Soko
Best football mentor: Deklerk Msakakuona
Team supported as a boy: Mighty Beforward Wanderers
Dream team: Chelsea…never dreamed of local
Surprise package in 2018 TNM super league: TN stars
Toughest opponent ever faced: Rafiq Namwera (Mighty Be Forward Wanderers)
Toughest match ever played: Against Civo in 2015. We lost 3-0 at home
Memorable goal: Against BB in the just ended Airtel top 8 finals
International club, and national team that you support: Chelsea, and Spain
Best local pitch: Bingu National stadium
Worst pitch (es): Mzuzu, Dedza, and Zomba Community Centre
Toughest referee: Duncan Pangani
Whom do you think is going to be theplayer pf the year (TNM Super league): Davie Stain of TN stars
Highly underrated super league player: Myself
Best sports reporter (s) locally: Paul Kamanga, and Frank Kandu (both from MBC)
Best soccer commentator locally: Patrick Simango
Which team is going to clinch the 2018 world cup? Belgium
Best penalty taker localy: Joseph Kamwendo
Fierce supporters: Nyasa Big Bullets
Take us through your first day in the elite league: My first game was against BB in Mzuzu (2012) the game ended 0-0. I was so happy that I played well against a team with such a large following. I had less pressure because I knew we were playing as underdogs so we had nothing to lose
Secret to my success: I just work hard in training to make myself perfect and following pieces of advice from coaches
Message to soccer loving fraternity: To all supporters Let’s not carry results in our pocket. Football is a game which can go either side. Let’s also respect refs’ decisions.
To my fellow soccer players, let’s be on the fore front accepting referee’s decisions because when we do that we ‘ll help supporters not to follow suit.