By Antony Isaiah Jr……..
Mike Mkwate said he is happy to be back at FCB Nyasa Big Bullets after signing a two-year contract with the Club.
After learning that Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Zambian Clubs were monitoring Mkwate’s situation, the people’s team were quick to adjust their offers [as the first offers [ were reported to have been turned down].
On Saturday, FCB Nyasa Big Bullets through their website announced the return of the playmaker.
“FCB Nyasa Big Bullets is delighted to confirm the signing of Mike Mkwate on a two-year contract.
“The 25-year-old midfielder makes a return to The People’s Team as a free agent after leaving the club to join South Africa’s Polokwane City in 2021,” reads the announcement in part.
This is the homecoming for the 25-year-old midfielder who moved to South Africa National Division League side, Polokwane City in the middle of the 2021/22 season. He first joined Bullets in 2016 from bygone Peter Mponda’s Wizards FC.
Speaking with the Club’s Media, Mkwate said he was happy to be back in red and white colours and he is ready to give it all for the team.
“I am happy to be back and get the opportunity to play for Bullets again,” he told FCB Nyasa Big Bullets Media. “It’s every player’s wish to get employment because that’s where our bread and butter comes from, and I am glad that Bullets have decided to employ me [again]. I am ready to give it all for the team.”
Mkwate started training with the team soon after returning from South Africa. He has featured in all the four games that the team have played so far including 3 in the Nyasa International Bonanza.
“I was also encouraged by how the supporters welcomed me in my second coming when I was featured during the bonanza. They gave me hope and the courage to feel at home again. It was as if I haven’t been away for two years,” Mkwate added.
We welcome him with open arms- Pasuwa
It’s not a hidden thing that Mike Mkwate does not have the qualities that departed Chimwemwe Idana had in the team but his coming excites Kalisto Pasuwa who is a head coach for the Club.
Mkwate worked under Pasuwa for two years before securing a move to South Africa and Pasuwa knows the quality of the player.
“Having Mike is a plus for us,” Pasuwa told the Club’s Media. ” [Mike] is a playmaker who will make us play and he knows our system as he has been here before. He is a fighter, a team player and someone who can easily adapt to our system of play. We welcome him on board with open arms.”
Mkwate notices huge change at Bullets
He left the Club in 2021-2022 season to South Africa and upon his return, Mkwate has noticed a huge change at the Club.
When he was securing a move to South Africa, the Club was surviving under the coffers of Nyasa Manufacturing company Plc only but this time around, the Club has more than four partners including the official sponsors, First Capital Bank.
Mkwate said winning is the most important thing for the players.
“A lot has changed at the club since I left but we are players. We know why we are here and I am pretty comfortable that we will deliver for this big club in the upcoming season. As a player, I am here to win no matter how difficult the situation may look. We have a huge task ahead but by the end of the day, winning matters more than anything else. For every player, a loss is painful even though we have three results in football but it’s every player’s wish to win, so that’s the mentality that we will show. We want to be on the winning side whenever we play.”
Haroon Cassim believes that Mkwate will revive his career at Bullets
The player’s performance dropped due to lack of game time in South Africa, but his agent, Haroon Cassim believes that returning to FCB Nyasa Big Bullets is the only way for Mkwate to revive his career.
“Mike is a top player and when he rediscovers his form, teams will pay the transfer fee. We believe that he will be reviving his career at Nyasa Big Bullets,” said Haroon.
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