Harun Mwale in action against Thika United on Sunday 1 July. 2018
New signing Harun Mwale attracted lots of praise from head coach Dunstan Nyaudo after a sterling debut in the game against Thika United, as the youngster showed no nerves despite it being his first ever top flight game, but he admits it was not a very easy introduction to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).
Mwale was a surprise inclusion to the team, as one of the four changes made from the side that faced Gor Mahia, replacing Omar Mbongi, who was unavailable on the day and he says he found the stage too big at the start of the game.
However, he says Elvis Nandwa’s opening goal in the third minute helped the team settle well in the game, and he flowed with the tide.
“My debut was just fine though a bit shaky at the start. It became a bit easier when we got the goal; I am happy that it came very early and it helped us all to settle in the game,” he said.
The 20 – year old, brought in from St. Joseph’s Youth in the midseason transfer window is hoping to keep his place in the team but with competition from experienced heads in Mbongi and Oliver Ruto, he knows he will have to work extra hard, even as he points out that he is learning a lot from the two.
“The competition is there but given a chance I will give my best and leave it to the coach to decide. I know I am up against very experienced players, and I am learning from them every day,” he pointed out.
The coach rated Mwale highly from the win on Sunday and the player’s brief is clear – he can’t afford to rest on his laurels. His ambition is to see the team command a top four place and as a player, to attract a national team call up.
“As a player, I want to give all for the team to see that we finish in the top four. If we can do that I will term it a successful season and personally, I want to do well and get the national team call up; that will be a big achievement for me,” he concluded.