Baroka FC’s Malawian striker, Richard Mbulu, has said hard work and remaining focused helped him to start the season on a high.
Mbulu is making headlines in South Africa after his three goals in two games helped Baroka to cruise to the top of South Africa’s DStv Premier Soccer League table.
Baroka started the 2020/21 season with a 2-1 win over Maritzburg United before thumping Black Leopards 3-1.
The former Mafco FC forward netted once against the Team of Choice before managing a brace against Leopards.
His outstanding performance against Lidhodha Duvha earned him the Man-of-the-Match accolade after going 24 matches in all competitions without a single goal last season.
The Malawi national football team forward said his coaches, friends and family advised him to continue pushing despite finding the going tough.
“Yah last season I was here but things were not working well, it was tough for me last season. I would try working hard but things didn’t work. But this season I tried my best, I sat down with my coaches, my friends, my family to discuss about it. So they kept on pushing me that this season you must just work hard and focus so that everything works,” Mbulu told KickOff.com.
He said focusing on the job at hand was crucial in his fight for success.
“I never doubted my talent. I was not afraid [of being labeled a flop] because that’s how life goes on. Football has sometimes got those kind of challenges but as a player you just need to focus so that everything works,” Mbulu said.
He said getting used to his teammates also helped him to position himself in the right areas for scoring.
“Now we know each other, I got used to them and they know me now where I stand, where they must put the ball. Another thing is the coaches are giving me good motivation, encouragement, and it’s helping me a lot. Sometimes I’m doing extra training so that when I go to the camp it must be easier for me,” Mbulu said.
He said failing to score in South Africa did not kill his fighting spirit as he believed that goals would come with time.
“I come from Malawi. In 2016, I was top goalscorer with 19 goals. Then I went to Mozambique at Costa do Sol where I scored nine goals. That is when Baroka brought me here. Last season I didn’t score any goal, I only had three or four assists,” Mbulu concluded.