Richard Mbulu, the Malawian striker of the final day of the Africa Cup of Nations playoffs against Uganda, was elevated to the rank of sergeant. Malawi, which qualifies for the third time in the Can, has honoured its 27-year-old hitherto army corporal. With the goal of qualification scored on March 29, 2021, Richard Mbulu welcomed his new promotion in the Malawian army during this month of April 2021.
Baroka’s South African First Division forward, Richard Mbulu, was honoured to have qualified his team for the biggest African competition, the CAN. Scorer against Uganda’s Cranes in the 15th minute, he sends his teammates to Cameroon for the third time in the country’s history after 1984 and 2010. As a reward for his patriotism on the ground and for all his performances, he was promoted sergeant of the Malawian army in April 2021.
Richard Mbulu joined the Malawian army in 2014. As a football enthusiast, he played with the Malawi Armed Forces College team as an attacker. A promising start since he later became the best forward of the club of soldiers of the country. A performance that did not escape the manager of the national team of Uganda, the Irish Johnny Mckinstry, who quickly integrated him in the squad of Skulls. A decisive choice since the native of Mangochi, a city in the south of Malawi, offered the qualification to his team. However, despite his talent as a footballer, he still sees himself as an army soldier, a passion that he has had since childhood and that he takes from his father. “I’m still a soldier, it’s not like I retired. Even when I retire from football, I’ll be a full-time soldier. I joined because my father is also a soldier, so that was my motivation”, he said in 2020.
It should be noted that this 2020/2021 season, Richard Mbulu has played 17 matches with his South African club Baroka. He has been 8 times titular with 5 goals scored.