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Getafe U20 star Mumba Mwape blending African, European experiences

In spite of still being a fortnight shy of his 19th birthday, Mumba Mwampe has already covered an impressive distance in his search for an education in football. Four different countries, across two continents, are already under his belt with the Zambian midfielder now soaking up knowledge in Spain.

Currently on the books at La Liga side Getafe, learning his trade among their youth ranks, the well-spoken Lusaka-native glows about the varied views of the game he’s already picked up. “I’ve learned a lot from first being in Switzerland and then moving back to Africa,” Mwampe told FIFA.com.

“In Africa, there’s a lot of focus on physical play. There’s a lot of hard running, lots of contact, whereas now in Spain it’s more technical. It’s all about tactics and really understanding the game.

“Carrying my physical presence over from Africa has helped me a lot and learning the technical and tactical side is really helping me develop.”

Having made the move to Geneva as a nine-year-old with his father – who worked as an ambassador – Mwape instantly found his place playing club football. “I stuck out there. The first season I joined I was top scorer! From then it just cemented what I wanted to do.”

I look up to players like Neymar, Ronaldinho, players who really enjoy taking on their opponents and just have fun on the pitch.

Zambia’s Mumba Mwape on his footballing icons

Initially, the transition from African sun to European snow was tough. “It was very difficult, obviously. We moved in winter too, so that didn’t really help! With time it got better and better, then by the end I didn’t want to leave.”

Fuelled with a new-found focus on football, Mwape returned to Zambia, joining up with a local academy. However, in the mind of his family, one thing had to come first: school. “My parents were fairly strict on that.”

On graduating, South Africa was his next destination, joining the University of Pretoria academy before setting sail for Europe again. A desire to educate himself off the field has remained, though – he is now studying online for a Business Management degree from the University of London.

But it does present its share of challenges. “It’s very difficult as I don’t have a personal tutor, teacher or lecturers, so there’s a lot of research I have to do by myself,” he explained, “but I’m getting the hang of it.”

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But it’s not the first time the internet has proved a vital learning tool in his personal development, though in the past his teachers have invariably worn canary yellow. “When I moved to Switzerland I discovered YouTube,” the winger said with a laugh. “I watched quite a few of videos [of Brazilians in the early 2000s] and tried to replicate their skills!

“I always heard my family talking about how great the Brazilian Ronaldo was, but when I was growing up I didn’t have much access to TV or sports channels, so YouTube helped a lot and he was quite the player. It means I get to watch people like Johan Cruyff, too!

“I look up to the likes of Neymar, Ronaldinho, players who really enjoy taking on their opponents and just have fun on the pitch – though you have to do it within a team.”

A team ethos is something he feels Zambia will have in spades when they rock up in Korea Republic. “We’re like family, almost. We get along really well and try to have a laugh all the time. When results are great, it makes it even easier.”

And they have been. Despite only being together as a team for around a year, they have already won the COSAFA Under-20 Championship and will arrive as the newly-crowned CAF U-20 Africa Cup of Nations champions.

“It was something special,” Mwape said of the tournament, hosted by Zambia. “We had the whole country behind us. Every game was packed to capacity – 60,000 – from start to finish, so we took that momentum and played to our best.”

While Portugal, Iran and Costa Rica present challenging opponents at the U-20 World Cup, the quick and tricky wide-man is seeing the positives. “Tough teams make you focus, ensuring you’re playing your best football from the first whistle.”

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7 Comments to Getafe U20 star Mumba Mwape blending African, European experiences

  1. Amandla says:

    Keep working hard boy!

  2. Kasama Boy says:

    Keep it up and we hope for the best.

  3. U Are A Great Player Indeed Especially When It Kamz To Combining Sports Wit Education. But Ba Zamfoot Y Do U Sensor My Smsz Evrytym?

  4. rodrick ngoma says:

    all the best

  5. TWAFWANE says:

    CAN SOMEONE EDUCATE ME ON THIS MAYBE ITS BECAUSE I STOPPED SCHOOL IN GRADE SIX

    Mumba Mwape 19 years ( U20 International)

    In spite of still being a fortnight shy of his 19th birthday.

    Having made the move to Geneva as a nine-year-old with his father.

    When I moved to Switzerland I discovered YouTube,” the winger said with a laugh. “I watched quite a few of videos [of Brazilians in the early 2000s.

    WAS MWAPE REALLY 9 YEARS WHEN MOVED TO GENEVA. HOW OLD IS HE NOW HONESTLY BECAUSE IN 2000 TO TODAY ITS 16 YEARS AND MOVED WHEN HE WAS 9 YEARS.

    AWE NALEKA KUTI BAKWEBA ATI ULIWAMULOMO NELYO NINSHI MWINE ULEILANDILA.

  6. 1 TIME says:

    CAN SMEONE PLIZ EXPLN TO ME ON/ABT DIS BOY M .MWAPE! IS HE WITH DE U20 NOW OR NOT? ND WHERE IZ HE ?

  7. Sibs says:

    @TWAFANE. In the early 2000’s can be any date from 2000-2005. If its 2005 and he was 9 in 2017 he turns 19 yrs old. The report does not say specifically the year 2000 awe. READ IT AGAIN. English bwana.

    Why pick only 2000. Early 2000s can also be 2006.

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