Nyasa Big Bullets wing-back Precious Sambani has been in electrifying form for The People’s Team this season.
The left-footed full-back has overcome injuries he suffered in his first season with the club he joined from BE Forward Wanderers in 2019 to become one of Bullets’ most consistent and top performers in the ongoing TNM Super League campaign.
Sambani has so far netted three goals in 15 league appearances this season – against Mzuzu Warriors, Civil Service Club and Blue Eagles. He has provided four assists – against Red Lions, Moyale Barracks, Kamuzu Barracks and Mzuzu Warriors.
We had an exclusive chat with the 23-year-old Malawi international, who has bagged two Man of the Match accolades this season and believes he has major role to play for the club in this campaign and the ones to come.
Inspiring the team to a late 2-1 winner against Civo and scoring the lone goal against Blue Eagles, Sambani reflected with pride.
“When I scored the winning goal against Civil Sporting Club, it was one of the greatest feelings I have felt ever since joining Bullets. The game was 1-1 and with less than four minutes to play, I scored the winning goal to inspire the team to victory, and you know how sweet it is to win in front of fans in a match where hope is lost.
“And when I scored the only goal against Blue Eagles, well, I celebrated knowing it was the only goal that handed us the points against a very difficult side. I am very happy to have contributed to my team’s success in those two crucial games.”
On his key secret for the current form, Sambani said he has always wanted to give it all for Bullets but could not offer much in his first season because of injuries and now that he is fully fit it is his time to perform for his childhood team.
“I didn’t play much in my first season because I was injured and I had no control over it, but now I am okay and I must say that’s the reason why I am giving it all for the club. It wasn’t easy for me to play few matches for the team last season, but I told myself that once am fully fit, I would give it all for Bullets and that’s what has been pushing me to perform.
“I know it is not always easy to adapt when you move from Bullets to Wanderers or from Wanderers to Bullets, but I settled very quickly because of my coach Kalisto Pasuwa and the entire technical panel plus the players and the management,” said the Blantyre-bred Flames star.
He added: “I think I can do better than this and I know I am capable of scoring more goals and providing more assists. With coach Pasuwa I am pretty sure I can take my game to another level. He is a mentor who has taught me and continues to teach us to become the best and I am very grateful for his fatherly love.”
With the league now in its second and The People’s Team coming second in the standings, the defender assured the Bullets family that he and the rest of the squad will do whatever it takes to retain the title.
“Of course we have had mixed results to the extent that others are ruling us out, but let me assure our fans that we will do whatever it takes to defend the title. We know it won’t be easy but I trust my fellows and with the guidance of coach Pasuwa, we will defend it. I am urging our supporters to not give up on us, we need their support because that’s what keeps us going.”