Former Zambian international and Bloemfontein Celtics striker Clifford Mulenga has come out in support of young fellow countryman and Orlando Pirates winger, Austin Muwowo.
Muwowo, who’s 23, has found it tough to break into the starting XI at Pirates since joining from Zambian outfit Forest Rangers at start of the 2019/20 campaign.
“I was honestly amazed at how Austin Muwowo found himself at Orlando Pirates as I didn’t think it was a wise move for him considering his style of play,” said Mulenga
“Orlando Pirates is a huge team that requires players with an aggressive style of play which Austin unfortunately lacks in his play. So my advise to him would be to toughen up, get more confidence in himself as that’s the only way he’s going to be able to compete and fit in at a club like Orlando Pirates,” added the former Celtic star.
Muwowo came into the South African League on the back of being crowned the 2019 Zambian Footballer of the Year and was also named in the Zambian Super League Team of the Year 2019. A tag, which came with a lot of responsibilities and expectations, according to the former striker of Swedish side Örgryte IS
“Muwowo winning the Zambian Player of the Season surely puts a lot of pressure on him as he’s now expected to dominate the football scene and prove that his achievements were legit and not a one hit wonder,” said Mulenga.
“I hope he can find his feet and focus on his talent and be the best player that everyone in Zambia and above all himself know he is,” added the Zambian.
Mulenga knows all about the ups and downs of playing in the PSL and has also experienced winning personal accolades as he was named the 2007 CAF Young African Player of the Year, but he says winning such awards doesn’t come easy.
“Wining the CAF African Footballer of the Year is no child’s play. One has to have worked really hard and done an amazing job on the pitch to achieve that. So the pressure is in working really hard and doing well for your team and as an individual and then you have to keep making miracles like we saw with the likes of the great Eto’o and Yaya Toure,” said Mulenga
The 32-year-old has wealth of ABSA Premiership (PSL) experience having played for the likes University of Pretoria, SuperSport United, Bloemfontein Celtic and most recently Jomo Cosmos in South Africa, but has been clubless since 2018.
“I had signed for Jomo Cosmos for 2 seasons in 2017 till 2019 but unfortunately during the 2017/2018 season the club experienced major financial challenges which led to them not paying me so we took my issue of non payments to FIFA where I won my case against them. I haven’t played since the 2017/2018 season and currently I’m just studying at Boston City Campus and doing my own business,” he concluded.
By Shane Matsoyane