AquilaSpeaks: What are your full names and how old are you?
Mubanga: Before we start, I believe this is worth mentioning. I have a twin brother, who is also an amazing football player and everywhere I’ve been for football he’s been there too. Like everywhere! His name is Mwiza Bellington Vwalika. Any way my names are Mubanga Anthony Vwalika, I am 20 years old.
AquilaSpeaks: Where are you currently based?
Mubanga: Shanghai, China.
AquilaSpeaks: What club do you play for?
Mubanga: China Origin
AquilaSpeaks: What sparked the interest in football?
Mubanga: My parents took us for so many activities, we had way too much energy when we were young. But it was a special moment the first time we stepped on a football pitch.
AquilaSpeaks: What challenges do you face as an international footballer or just as a footballer in general?
Mubanga: Time management, staying healthy and discipline.
AquilaSpeaks:Which Zambian football legend or footballer do you look up to?
Mubanga: It’s always been Kalusha Bwalya, he really pushed the bar for Zambian football. But right now it’s the entire Zambia U20 football team and in particular, Patson Daka. Really good footballer, really nice and hard working and guy. Really amazing what they achieved last year collectively and individually (for Patson).
AquilaSpeaks: What are some of the proudest moments in your career?
Mubanga: Playing football in Europe. I have played in youth tournaments like the prestigious Gothia cup (Gothenburg, Sweden), Dana cup (Hjorring, Denmark) , Paris world games (Paris France), Valencia cup (Valencia Spain), Kommit youth challenge (Barcelona, Spain) to mention a few. The one that takes the cake though is playing for the U-17 national team, and to do that with my twin brother was all the more special.
AquilaSpeaks: What is your dream team to one day play for in future?
Mubanga: It is my dream to play for the Zambia national team and help qualify for our first ever word cup. We deserve to be there. Also to play among the Elite in the big European leagues.
AquilaSpeaks: How would playing for the national team change things for you?
Mubanga: As something I’ve always dreamed about since I was really young, it would firstly bring huge satisfaction not just to me, but the village that it took to make that happen. Secondly, it would be great exposure, only the best get to play for the national team and so it would open doors.
AquilaSpeaks: Ronaldo or Messi?
Mubanga: Messi is a remarkable once in a generation type of player, but Ronaldo all day for me.
AquilaSpeaks: Lastly, what words of advice would you give to young Zambians like you who are pursuing big dreams?
Mubanga: Never ever give up, keep dreaming, keep working hard. Believe that he who started the good work, will surely see it to completion.
AquilaSpeaks: Indeed He who started the good work, will surely see it to completion. Great words from Mubanga really. It is always encouraging to see young People, especially Zambians, that are taking a very special road that will direct to great history creation eventually. You can comment below if you have any encouraging words for Mubanga. I wish him all the best in his career and I hope that he and his brother could in the future help us qualify for the world cup and even win it.
Look out for the next interview next week with someone all the way from Nigeria.
Let us be the change we wish to see, Zambian youths, for we are the future.
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