Flames midfield maestro, Robert Ng’ambi, has given his compatriots Micium Mhone and Muhammad Sulumba a word of advice as they prepare to strike a deal with newly-promoted South African Premier Soccer League side Jomo Cosmos.
Over the years, Malawi has lost good talent after the players failed to fulfill their potential after trekking to the Rainbow Nation.
Examples are plenty with Peter Mgangira, Chiukepo Msowoya, Joseph Kamwendo and Dave Banda topping the list.
Only a few have made an indelible mark in the South African League and Robert Ng’ambi is one of the rare species.
‘Baggio’, as he is fondly called by his admirers, has given Sulumba and Mhone a vote of confidence that they could make it in the Premier Soccer League.
“What is crucial to success is discipline and patience. In the first season, it is always hard to win a place therefore, the player needs to fight hard to earn a place. After a frustrating first season, it is always crucial not to lose focus and concentrate on improving the performance to win a place in the second season,” he said.
“Hard work is also paramount because competition is high in South Africa. They (players) do not need to get carried away even if they are doing well.”
On whether the big financial rewards of playing professional football contribute to the players’ slump in performance, Ng’ambi said players need to keep their heads down all the time.
“They need to love the game. Of course, there is a lot of money, but they have to keep on loving the game just like all the world superstars do,” he said.
“I have played with Micium at the national team for some time and he is a good player. He also did well at the Cosafa Cup. I have only watched Sulumba once but he is an equally good player. They have what it takes to make it,” he said.
Sulumba and Mhone are set to sign three-year deals with Jomo Cosmos after passing the trials they underwent a fortnight ago.
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