The apes are turned off and The Pc is finished tackling questions on Fernando Torres, black magic, Jesse Marsch and shin pads.
Now it’s time to pose certainly one of his personal. ‘Why is there no award for help of the yr?’ Enock Mwepu asks members of Brighton employees.
The Zambia midfielder – whose intelligence earned him that nickname again dwelling – lists the targets he has created throughout this debut season in England. With no reward, Mwepu jokes, he gained’t trouble subsequent yr.
Nicknamed ‘The Pc’, Enock Mwepu has had a powerful first marketing campaign with Brighton
The Zambian gained the membership’s objective of the season gong for an outstanding strike in a 2-2 draw at Anfield
So colleagues supply compensation for his creativity: a pair of trainers that had been mendacity across the coaching floor. And a yoghurt.
On Monday night time, Mwepu scooped one other prize for Brighton’s objective of the season, too. One thing to have a good time after the 24-year-old suffered a groin harm that has doubtless curtailed his marketing campaign.
In truth, that gorgeous strike at Anfield in October has lengthy been a helpful tonic.
‘I stored on watching that objective the entire week after,’ Mwepu says.
‘I nonetheless watch it generally. If I’m in a foul temper, I simply wish to watch that objective and I’m again once more in temper!’
Mwepu’s objective began Albion’s comeback to earn some extent and he recurrently watches replays of it
No surprise. Mwepu opened his Premier League account with a curling, dipping shot from distance. His second top-flight objective, additionally nominated, was a candy drive in victory over Arsenal. However that was all the time going to play second fiddle.
‘I’ve actually grown up watching Liverpool,’ Mwepu says. ‘I don’t know if I missed a single sport Liverpool performed – even now. Actually. I like them.’
A lot to the misfortune of those that sought a quiet life close to his childhood dwelling in Copperbelt. ‘I made my home like on fireplace – simply due to celebrating,’ he says.
Mwepu grew up watching Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Torres and Philippe Coutinho. ‘Even (Adam) Lallana, who performs right here.’
Purple Bull Salzburg gave Mwepu his first video games in Europe, with Erling Haaland as a team-mate
Now, he’s amongst a number of Zambian stars to succeed in Europe. Like shut good friend Patson Daka of Leicester, Mwepu joined Purple Bull Salzburg en path to England with the assistance of ex-Tottenham ahead Freddie Kanoute.
Mwepu’s youthful brother Francisco performs at Sturm Graz; Trend Sakala is at Rangers.
‘There’s actually good expertise in Zambia however clearly there is no such thing as a publicity,’ Mwepu says. ‘So the primary purpose is simply to encourage a variety of Zambians to work additional onerous.’
Sakala grew up enjoying barefoot with a ball of tape and plastic that wanted re-constructing each three days.
He would spend eight hours attempting to find rabbits or impala within the jungle armed with an axe.
The 24-year-old had an upbringing that he admits was powerful and he says he performs for his household
Mwepu was snug by comparability.
‘I don’t come from a wealthy or poor household,’ he says. ‘It was nearly college. My dad and mom wished me to do properly.’ However? ‘I used to be that sneaky boy.’ He laughs. ‘Generally I’d simply dodge college and play soccer.’
Mwepu’s father had been a useful participant.
‘He was only a miner and my mum was a farmer.’ So cash was tight. ‘Even simply getting boots was actually onerous however they tried by all means to assist me… that’s why I’m all the time grateful to them.’
Each pair was made to final. ‘I don’t know what number of years I had them,’ Mwepu says.
‘We’d simply hold fixing them time and again… generally with tape, generally they used a needle to tie them,’ he explains. ‘To play, to take pleasure in soccer, that was extra essential than not having the equipment.’
A wonderful objective by Mwepu helped Albion deservedly beat Arsenal 2-1 on the Emirates in April
And that was a blessing he couldn’t take without any consideration. Changwe Kalale performed alongside Mwepu till he was left paralysed by a bus crash in 2014. Kalale died three years later.
‘He was an awesome man, an awesome good friend, a brother – we grew up collectively,’ Mwepu says gently.
Christianity is a pillar of Mwepu’s life – he was as soon as dubbed ‘Pastor Enock’. Did such a merciless accident check these beliefs?
‘Probably not. The bible says every little thing in life occurs for a purpose,’ the 24-year-old explains. ‘We all know everybody will die at some point… subsequent time it is perhaps me.’
Whatsapp helps protect the ties that bind Mwepu with dwelling – day by day a gaggle containing childhood pals buzzes with messages. ‘They assist completely different groups,’ Mwepu says. ‘They’re scared on a regular basis.’
The Amex Stadium newcomer is a part of a marketing campaign aiming to recycle a whole lot of membership shirts
Talking forward of Brighton’s 4-0 win over Manchester United, he provides: ‘They clearly heard that I’m not too good to play so one of many United followers (was) so completely happy. He is aware of that I gained’t rating!’
Different reminders of Zambia linger beneath his socks: Mwepu’s shinpads carry footage of his household.
‘Rising up it was powerful however I play soccer for them,’ he says. ‘So once I play, I have a look at them, I really feel like I’m actually near them.’ The end result? ‘Once I go (out) I’m now completely happy.’
Mwepu reckons the shin pads carry good luck. He has much less religion, nevertheless, within the energy of juju, or black magic, to change matches.
Jesse Marsch was Mwepu’s supremo at Salzburg and is now hoping to halt Leeds from the drop
Final month Zambian Tremendous League aspect Purple Arrows reportedly refused to make use of their dressing room after discovering a damaged egg inside.
‘For me, it’s only a waste of time,’ Mwepu says. ‘I bear in mind we performed Senegal within the (AFCON) Below-20 remaining in Zambia.
‘One of many gamers took one thing in his socks and he threw it in our goalposts (considering) clearly they’d get a objective.’ Zambia gained the sport. ‘The entire stadium simply began praying for us: ‘No it gained’t occur!’
Mwepu added extra trophies at Salzburg – regardless of Austria’s winter chill. Day-after-day earlier than coaching, the midfielder would heat his boots and equipment on the radiator.
Marsch’s former participant might assist to ship Leeds down at Elland Street if outcomes go towards them
‘There was at some point the place my arms have been actually chilly, I went straight in, opened the faucet and washed my arms with heat water,’ he remembers. That brought on them to swell up. ‘It was so painful!’
For 2 years there, Mwepu labored below Marsch. They’d hoped to catch up over espresso with former team-mates Daka, Wolves’ Hwang Hee-chan and Takumi Minamino of Liverpool. That by no means labored out after which harm struck forward of Sunday’s go to to Leeds.
‘He was crucial in my profession,’ Mwepu says of Marsch. ‘All the time calling me in his workplace telling me: ‘That is what you have to work on, to enhance on.’ That was actually particular to me.’
Mwepu provides: ‘I’d love him to remain within the Premier League however they actually need to battle.’ Together with towards Brighton. ‘I’ll textual content him actually simply to want him the very best.’
They might want to reserve one other seat at that reunion now Erling Haaland is becoming a member of Manchester Metropolis.
‘He was excellent,’ Mwepu says. ‘We had him, Patson, Minamino, Hwang – at one time. I feel Jesse had a little bit little bit of headache.’
What Graham Potter would do for such attacking riches. But nonetheless he has overseen Brighton’s greatest Premier League season.
‘He’s not so boastful as different coaches,’ Mwepu says. ‘He’s extra calm, he’s good and he talks to me in a great way the place you’re in a position to perceive what he actually needs. That offers me extra confidence simply to be myself and present my qualities.’
Potter is popping heads increased up the league. However Mwepu sees no purpose why the supervisor can’t go there with Brighton.
‘With the sort of soccer we play, every little thing is feasible for subsequent season,’ he says. ‘I feel if everybody stays…I feel we’ve got a really massive probability of attempting to play in Europe.’ ENDS
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