Up Close with Salulani
This week on ZamFoot we feature a special edition called Tizibane were we chat with our local football stars. Today we chat with Sensational Zanaco Football Club strong man Salulani Phiri.
ZamFoot: What are your full names and when were you born?
Salu: My names are Salulani Phiri and I was born in 1994 on the 10th of April in Lusaka.
ZamFoot: What is your favourite meal?
Salu: Nshima with Fish
Zamfoot: Favourite sports brand?
Zamfoot: Some fans call you Spanner, any reason behind the name?
Salu: (laughs) well spanner has been my childhood nick name. It came because I could tight and loosen any midfield that came our way.
Zamfoot: Who in your family inspired you to start playing football?
Salu: mmmmh no one in the family really inspired me but people around my hood were I grew up from did because when ever football was being played they could come in large numbers to cheer us up and that, I think is what inspired me. Moreover, my biggest inspiration came from my director Mr Winford Chandala.
Zamfoot: Growing up…who was your favourite player and why?
Salu: In my hood we never had great players but I had a privilege at a tender age of watching the likes of Kabamba Kalande who I think was my favourite player then because of how he held the midfield.
Zamfoor: Who are your best friends at Zanaco and at the National team?
Salu: At Zanaco everyone is my best friend because I treat all of them equally and vice versa the same applies at National Team.
Zamfoot: Who do you think is the most underrated player at Zanaco?
Salu: I think the most underrated is Mangani Banda.
Zamfoot: Which team do you dream of playing for in the future and why?
Salu: I have always been a fan of Barca but my dream is to play for Liverpool because I have always known it as one of the great teams that play good football.
Zamfoot: Which player would you regard as your toughest opponent in the ZPL?
Salu: It’s always tough playing against Zesco United lately and I have always faced challenges playing against the likes of Mwape Mwelwa.
Zamfoot: We understand, you had to wait to complete secondary school for you to start playing professional football…what is your take on school and football?
Salu: I know a lot of people say football n school don’t marry but for me I think education must always come first in any sport not only in football.. I might be playing soccer today but what of when I get injured or when I retire? Life has to continue and this is the reason why I think school is important for any sports person.
Zamfoot: Well! Thank you very much Mr Salulani Phiri for according us time to chat with you…
Salu: Anytime. Thanks too.
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