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The Rise of Brian Mwila: Zambia’s New Goal Machine

Born on born 24 June 1994, Brian Mwila is quickly becoming one of the most exciting talents on the continent.

Seven goals in eight appearances for a national side may seem like a dream to many players but to Zambia’s new prodigy Brian Mwila, “it’s just the beginning.”

The towering forward was discovered by Zambia’s Ndola Lime Hotspurs from an academy in Laupula province thanks to their Assistant Coach George Chilufya’s sharp eye for talent.

He was invited for trails for trials and signed immediately. After an impressive breakout season with Ndola Lime, Mwila was poached away by Kambwe Warriors in 2014 where he continued to improve.

He was later signed by current Zambia PL leaders Green Buffoloes FC for the 2015-2016 season before deciding to take on a new challenge in South Africa.

With experience from the South African PSL, Zambia’s current head coach Wedson Nyirenda gave the 23-year-old a chance to prove himself on the international stage at the 2017 COSAFA cup.

He impressed on his debut against a rather defensive Gabon side scoring his first goal a few days later against Bafana Bafana in a friendly.

Mwila continued his rise to prominence with two goals at the COSAFA, before Zambia painfully fell to Zimbabwe in the finals.

Following an impressive showing at the COSAFA Cup in South Africa, Mwila quickly became a man on demand attracting interest from three South African PSL clubs.

An agreement was reached with Baroka FC in early July 2017 but the player later decided to join Platinum Stars on a three-year contract after the side offered him an improved deal

His form continued in 2017 with two more goals in two matches against Swaziland before scoring a historic brace last week as ten-man Zambia put Algeria to the sword.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“I am delighted to have scored two goals. I was really looking forward to helping my country in such a crucial match,”[/perfectpullquote]

a rather modest Mwila told reporters after the match.

He was man of the match as Zambia against all odds overcame conceding a goal and having a player sent off inside 60 seconds to score a historic 3-1 win that ended a 34 year dominance from the North African rivals.

For a team that likes breading them young, Mwila has quickly made a mark, establishing himself as an integral member of the national team and looks like the right man to lead the new generation of Zambian football.


Photo  Credit: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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