Mulenga out to emulate Chansa

Mulenga reported for duty on Wednesday, after signing for the Buccaneers two weeks ago on a three-and-a-half year deal from Zanaco.

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He now joins countryman Justin Shonga at the Houghton-based outfit, and is delighted to finally reunite with his childhood friend and Chipolopolo teammate.

“Justin is like my brother, we grew up together. We were supposed to play for Nkwazi FC together but I left the club a couple of months before he joined,” Mulenga told Pirates’ website.

“We have played together for Chipolopolo, where we were always roommates. We have played together in the COSAFA Cup, through the CHAN qualifiers and in some international friendlies.

“I am happy that I am going to see a familiar face when I start my new career at Pirates. It is difficult to put into words what it means for the both of us to be here.

“We are childhood friends, we grew up having the same dream of playing together and winning cups together.

“For a while it felt as if we would never play together because life was pulling us in different directions, but now we are both here and it is almost an indescribable feeling.

“I just see it as a promise of what’s to come and I pray that the Lord helps us reach our goals with Orlando Pirates.”

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Mulenga wishes to follow in the footsteps of Chansa, who served Bucs for a combined five-and-a-half years across two spells, and contributed to the historic back-to-back trebles between 2010 and 2012.

“If there is one former Zambian that I would like to emulate, it would be Isaac Chansa. He came here and made a big impact at the club,” he stated.

“Even today, when Chansa comes by our town, people remember what he did for the club. They would say, ‘Do you see Isaac? Do you know what he did with Orlando Pirates?’.

“Pirates is a big team with an impressive history. I’m honoured to be here and like my countryman and others before me, I want to work hard for the club and create a lasting legacy that would make me and my country proud.

“I want to be able to tell my kids one day that I was at Orlando Pirates and show them what I achieved with the club.”