2018 Super League Season revelations: Linos Makwaza Jnr
Born from more than just a football family, Linos Makwaza Jr is a third generation footballer being the son of former Napsa Stars coach Linos Makwaza and grandson of Mufulira Wanderers and Zambia national team legendary defender nicknamed barbed wire, Dickson Makwaza. What a name to carry.
The 21 year old central midfielder is a product of Power Dynamos’ feeder club, Young Power, with only a couple of years experience in Zambian footballs 2nd division Linos Makwaza earned his promotion into the Power Dynamos 37 man Super Division roster for the season with most already writing him off to be lowest in the pecking order for central midfield positions behind Benson Sakala and Fidele Mbengela Bosandja.
Linos was a part of Beston Chambeshi’s initial 2017 U20 draft team to play the U20 Africa Cup and U20 World cup during the same year but didn’t make the final cut for the tournament.
Tall in stature and very technically developed, Linos can be described as a ball playing central midfielder who is often deployed as a defensive midfielder although is very intelligent in his use of the ball in the attacking half of the pitch as well.
But as football goes, opportunity did present itself with Benson Sakala out for national team duty and Fidele Bosandja sidelined with a groin injury, the 20 year old Zambian football legacy made his debut in Monze against New Monze Swallows in a week 14 encounter won by Power Dynamos with Linos earning himself a Fans Man of the Match award at Lwengu Ground.
Since then Linos has been in and around the squad at Power Dynamos, having featured in high profile games against Zesco United, Lusaka Dynamos and Away at Red Arrows. After a string of impressive performances Makwaza has even earned himself an initial call up for assessment with the National Team under new Head Coach Sven Vandenbroek.
With the way things are moving the youngster seems to be good prospect for the future both at Club and national team should he keep going in this same direction.
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