Mwiya Malumo reminisces about his call up to play for Zambia
Zambia U-23 national team player based in Manchester, England Mwiya Malumo hopes to make his name with the senior Zambia national team.
The former Wigan Athletic and Gottne IF striker last donned the national colors when the country hosted the 2018 U-20 COSAFA tournament.
The ZamFoot Crew caught up with the lanky forward to talk about his first call up to represent his Zambia at the junior level.
Malumo scored on his home debut for Zambia U-20 in a 1-1 draw with Rwanda in a 2019 U20 AFCON qualifier.
“The atmosphere was amazing, Hearing the fans chant songs with smiles was more encouraging for me. The best moment started from the call up to landing back for a mission with the National Team, the feeling was amazing after wearing those Zambian colors and my goal was the icing on the cake for my experience especially for someone playing his trade outside my country, ” he said.
Irlam FC forward revealed that it was easy for him to settle because the other players made him feel welcome and helped him to settle quickly.
“I settled easily with the guys, was getting to know most of them and they too made it easy for me to have a good time and settle fast.”
Malumo admitted following local football and went on to acknowledge the local media’s influence in helping players from abroad get the attention of the technical benches.
“I know a few teams playing in the Zambian Super League and read about them online but it would be a difficulty for me to choose which team I would love to play for back home, but in football, anything can happen,” he said.
“It’s good to see the efforts the media is taking from home getting up to date necessary information of foreign-based players and closely following, another reason we fight hard cause we assured we being monitored.”
The lanky forward made his name at Wigan Athletic with their youth team scoring a whopping 25 goals in the 2017/18 season despite a number of frustrating injuries.
The numbers got the attention of the then Zambia U-20 coach Charles Bwale who roped him into his side for the 2018 COSAFA U-20 tournament and was also included in the U-23 squad for the final qualifying round of the 2019 U-23 AFCON against Congo Brazzaville.
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