Jomo Cosmos forward, Clifford Mulenga insists the team has the potential to claim maximum points when it hosts Mbombela United in a crucial NFD game on Sunday in Vosloorus.
Incidentally, the Zambian ex-international, who was voted the 2007 Glo-CAF Young Player of the Year, last played for Mbombela before signing up for Ezenkosi this season, and may get a chance to put one against his former team.
“It’s always a pleasure and honour to play against your former team and teammates and you always want to beat them,” said Mulenga, a member of Zambia’s 2012 Afcon winning squad.
Mdala, who has so far notched up two goals and one assist in the current campaign, believes he’s capable of doing even more.
“My greatest strength is in creating and scoring goals, so if I can bring this to the game, that would mean a lot,” he added.
How will Cosmos fare against Mbombela United tomorrow?
It’s our home game, so we will definitely take it to them and ensure we dominate and dictate the pace for the full 90 minutes.
You will probably be playing against your former team (Mbombela). Are you motivated to go the extra mile and perhaps prove a point?
It’s always a pleasure and honour to play against your former team and teammates and you always want to beat them. So I am definitely motivated and excited about facing my former team and teammates.
I don’t have a point to prove against them. I’m just going to be a professional on the day, work hard and make sure my team (Jomo Cosmos) secures all three points at stake.
How would you assess the season so far from a team and personal perspective?
So far the season has been good, but not as good as we would have liked it to be because there were certain games we played that we shouldn’t have dropped points, but that’s part of the game, and I’m sure we can improve on that.
From a personal point of view, I can do much better and contribute more, and I’m working hard on that.
What are your thoughts on the team’s strengths and weaknesses?
I honestly think we are very strong in all departments. The only notable weakness is our failure to convert the many chances that we create, but we are working very hard on that part of our game.
Finally, how do you hope to make an impact at Cosmos considering your international pedigree?
I think the best way to make an impact anywhere is to use your strengths for the benefit of the team. My strength is in creating and scoring goals, so if I can bring this to the game, I will surely make an impact in helping the team to gain promotion to the Psl.”
Mbombela are currently second on the NFD log while Cosmos sit in 4th with only a point separating the sides.
Gate fees to Sunday’s game have been pegged at R20 for male adults. Children and ladies will be allowed free entrance at the gates.
Kick-off time at Vosloorus Stadium is 15h30.
-Clifford Mulenga spoke to Mark Ogagan