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Bali Mumba: I'm here to do a job and perform

27 July 2020

After new signing Bali Mumba put pen to paper on a Norwich City contract, he sat down with canaries.co.uk for his first club interview.

canaries.co.uk: How does it feel to sign for Norwich City?

BM: It feels very good and I’m raring to go. The club is big with a good history behind it and I’m looking forward to getting started so I can show everyone around the club what I can do and how much of a good player I am.

canaries.co.uk: You’re a young player. What attracted you to this club?

BM: The history of the club is very good, as well as the way it’s run and the way it produces young players is very good for such a young player like me, to get in that pathway and hopefully be promoted to the first-team and look to start my career.

canaries.co.uk: What can our supporters expect from you?

BM: They can expect hard work and 100 percent in all that I do. I’m quite a positive, good energy to be around. As for my position, I’ve been playing full-back and centre-midfielder, but I’m looking to stick to full-back, nail it down, and become the next big thing.

canaries.co.uk: You spent a lot of time in the Academy at Sunderland during your journey to this point as a professional footballer. Can you tell us about that?

BM: Yeah, I was there for twelve years so this is a new challenge for me and I’m looking forward to it. I’m counting the days until I get started.

canaries.co.uk: Was it a difficult decision to leave Sunderland, a club you’ve been at from such a young age?

BM: Yeah, it was very tough. My family live around there but, looking at Norwich and the way they bring up young players, it was quite an easy decision to come here and get going.

canaries.co.uk: Do you know any of the young players here at Norwich?

BM: I know a few, including Dan Adshead who has trained with the first team, and obviously I’ve watched Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis. Looking at how they’ve progressed through to get to the first team is a pathway which I’m willing to follow.

canaries.co.uk: Have you had a proper chance to look around Lotus Training Centre?

BM: Yeah, the training ground is very nice. It’s different from when I came here with Sunderland two years ago. It’s looking very good and I’m looking forward to getting to know it more and being around it.

canaries.co.uk: Have you had the chance to meet Daniel Farke?

BM: Yeah, he was quite positive. He’s shown that he’s interested and he’s looking forward to working with me and I’m looking forward to getting to know him more.

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canaries.co.uk: Are you looking forward to relocating from Sunderland down to Norwich?

BM: It’s going to be different! It looks like it’s going to be more quiet. In Sunderland, I’m used to seeing my friends but here I know I’m here to do a job and to perform, so moving won’t really affect that.

canaries.co.uk: What do the next few weeks look like for you? Any time off?

BM: I’ve got a few weeks of putting in the work, doing everything I can for my body to prepare for being ready to go when I do come in. I’m looking forward to it and everyone I’ve met so far has been nice and welcoming.


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