TNM Super League and FDH Bank Cup champions Nyasa Big Bullets have listed pint-sized creative midfielder Patrick Mwaungulu among their golden boys after inspiring them to success in the 2022 season.
Mwaungulu, who has nine goals and 20 assists in the current season, is deemed to be a replacement for slippery attacker Peter Banda, who is now starring for Tanzanian Premier League and continental giants Simba SC.
Bullets promoted Mwaungulu from their reserve side at the start of the season after he scored 35 league goals in the Southern Region Football Association League Premier Division.
The youngster hit the ground running and became an instant hit in the Super League, scoring and providing assists that helped the People’s Team win matches when it mattered most.
His outstanding performances have since earned him comparisons with other stars such as Andrew Chikhosi, Chikondi Banda and Peter.
An analysis on Bullets’ website describes Mwaungulu as an exciting midfielder who can put a pass through the tiniest of spaces.
“His precision in set pieces would make you think he could have made a five-star sniper if he were in the military. With his rich precocious attributes, the youngster has proved too good to be reserved. The figures Mwaungulu has reached this season are more than what Peter Banda achieved in his first full season.
“Asked whether he could tip the youngster to have a massive first season more than Peter Banda, [Bullets coach] Kalisto Pasuwa responded in one of his pre-match interviews earlier this season rather cautiously. The Zimbabwean admitted that Mwaungulu is destined for greatness,” the analysis reads.
Mwaungulu wrapped up his Super League season with a delicious free-kick that set up Hassan Kajoke to net the winning goal in Bullets’ 2-1 win over Dedza Dynamos at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday.
The analysis also gives Mwaungulu the edge over other big stars that have played for the club.
“The likes of James Chimera Junior, Grant Lungu and Gabadinho Mhango had equally sensational and impactful talents, but the fact that their genuine spark arrived a little bit at an advanced young age explains their omission in this compilation.
“The Bullets’ Golden Boys have come distinctly. Each of them had different hurdles which they jumped over to make their outstanding mark. Those Golden Boys that came before Mwaungulu can claim that they had it tougher as the Bullets squads they broke into were youthless,” it reads.
The analysis concludes by tipping Mwaungulu to put himself in the same bracket with some of the greatest golden boys Bullets have ever had should his graph continue to rise.