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Bali Mumba: I’ve been waiting a long time to get my opportunity

7 November 2020

Norwich City defender Bali Mumba was more than happy with his impact after coming on as a substitute against Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, describing it as a great opportunity.

The young defender replaced Jacob Sorensen at left-back in the 67th minute and made his impact by setting up Emi Buendia’s assist for Marco Stiepermann in the 83rd minute.

Speaking on the chance given to him by head coach Daniel Farke, Mumba says he knew he had to showcase his skillset after patiently waiting for the opportunity.  

“It was great for me, obviously I’ve been waiting a long time to get my chance, my opportunity and when it came I thought it was a great time to get it and show what I can do.

“I just used my pace and my ability on the ball, creating chances, just being a problem to the opposition really. That’s all I thought.”

Asked about his take on how to better impact the game, Mumba revealed advice given to him from the City boss before coming on.

“The boss told me when I get on the ball to be positive because one of their players isn’t very good defensively.

“He thought it was a great opportunity to put on an attacking full-back to just cause trouble and create chances for the team.”

Mumba and Josh Martin know they aren’t the first young players to be given such a chance by Daniel Farke, the City boss notorious for fielding youth. Speaking on this, Mumba was delighted with the pair’s chance to impress.

“It’s great to see really, me and Josh [Martin] have been working hard, being patient and keeping our heads down in training, trying to be patient until the chance comes. Getting the chance tonight, me and him, it’s a great feeling for both of us.”

Finally, discussing the mood and next steps going into the international break, Mumba says it’s about keeping the same mindset and continuing the hard work for their return to the league.

“The mood is great, every lad is positive in there, it’s great to see. We just have to come back after next week, keep the same mentality and push on.

“The next couple weeks for me is head down again, keep doing what I’m doing, remain focused and try get more minutes.”

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