Stuart Mbunge (the overnight celebrity)

Know your sports star; STUART MBUNGE

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

Position: Forward

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

Stuart Mbunge

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.

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