Mbulu: How I've fired Baroka to the top


Baroka FC striker Richard Mbulu has explained what has changed in his game this season as his goals keep his team top of the DStv Premiership table.

Bakgaga, despite head coach Dylan Kerr remaining suspended, are top of the league after winning their first two matches, 2-1 against Maritzburg United and 3-1 against Black Leopards.

The Malawian striker netted three times in those two games, once against the Team of Choice and a brace against their Limpopo rivals.

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In the last campaign Mbulu played a total of 24 matches in all competitions but failed to score a single goal.

"Yah last season I was here but things were not working well, it was tough for me last season," Mbulu tells KickOff.com.

"I would try working hard but things didn't work. But this season I tried my best, I sat down with my coaches, my friends, my family to discuss about it. So they kept on pushing me that this season you must just work hard and focus so that everything works."

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Despite his poor return for Baroka last season, Mbulu never doubted his talent.

"No, I was not afraid [of being labeled a flop] because that's how life goes on you know. Football has sometimes got those kind of challenges but as a player you just need to focus so that everything works.

"Yah I think now we know each other, I got used to them and they know me now where I stand, where they must put the ball. Another thing is the coaches they are giving me good motivation, encouragement, and it's helping me a lot yah. Sometimes I'm doing extra training so that when I go to the camp it must be easier for me.

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"For me I cannot say I want to be a top goalscorer or to score in each and every game but I just want to score for Baroka and help the Baroka team so that we don't fight relegation.

"Maybe there's those things of being a top goalscorer and scoring each and every game but it would just be a plus for me. Now I know the defenders, their weaknesses, where I must stand. That's helping me a lot now."

Mbulu also shared how he found himself in South Africa.

"I come from Malawi. In 2016 I was top goalscorer with 19 goals. Then I went to Mozambique at Costa do Sol where I scored mostly nine goals. Yah then after that it's when Baroka brought me here. Last season I didn't score any goal, I only had three or four assists."

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