Blog: Fredrick Mulambia, the Power Dynamos half space runner
Just two years from his promotion from Division 2 side Young Power, Fredrick Mulambia, the ever-running central midfielder has now become a regular figure in the Power Dynamos set up.
Mulambia was part of Kelvin Kaindu’s youth promotion program at the Arthur Davies. In January 2018, Kaindu promoted Mulambia at the same time as Wellington Chiboni, Robert Makadani, Zindaba Banda and his brother Jackson Mulambia. All the three other graduates from 2018 have since been loaned out while Fred has made the mark already.
For the 2018 season Mulambia, nicknamed Kante for his constant running, spent most of his season on the bench and was restricted to under a handful of cameo appearances and a couple of starts. This was all to change in a year’s time. With a little reputation to his name, Fred has begun to win over the hearts of Power Dynamos faithful who now see why the past 3 coaches all had such belief in the lad.
With a rather mobile build and under 1.75meters in height, he’s grown a reputation in more recent times as an intelligent midfielder with very quick ball movement and tireless running.
Five goals and four assists later in the league, Mulambia has developed a reputation for goal involvement having scored the winner away to Forest Rangers, the winner in Lumwana and a goal in the games against Zanaco and Nkana prior to his winner against Napsa Stars.
So what gives? The more consistent observer may have realized he is always in space in the box. Constantly making a delayed run into a half-space (between the full-back and center back) after someone else makes the initial run into a central space. This is usually the last place any defender is looking for an opponent to mark as most full backs would be tightly pressing the wing-back in Power’s current 3-6-1 formation and as such always has an extra man in midfield and in the attack.
In my opinion, he’s a player whose best qualities are running, ball recycling and the high speed at which he moves the ball. We are yet to see if he can be consistent and probably break into the national team but for now, the future looks bright.
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