ÔÇ£The RockÔÇØ expectant of new season
NICKNAME: The Rock
CLUB: JS Academy
POSITION: Centre back\striker
PREVIOUS CLUBS: Young Beauties
SHIRT NO: No.20 for JS Academy & Brave Gladiators, No.5 for the U\17 national team (Baby Gladiators)
NATIONAL TEAMS CAPS: 46 caps
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “You can only lead people to the extent that you have gone yourself, so you are the true measure of how far people can go,”
Lovisa Mulunga is a Namibian footballer who is the reigning NFA Women Super League player of the year, an accolade she picked up in August last year at the end of the 2011/2012 league season.
Despite playing as a defender for club and country, she is on numerous occasions utilised as striker.
Born on 18 March 1995, she is currently a Grade 12 learner at Academia Secondary School.
She played her first match while at Ivan’s Touch & Go Football Club in Windhoek at the age of 11.
She later became a product of the NFA Galz and Goals Project where her talent for the beautiful game developed immensely until she graduated to the senior teams.
The Galz and Goals Programme was introduced in late 2009 to educate and train young Namibian girls in the U/13 and U/15 leagues throughout Namibia.
It does not only give the girls the chance to play football but also help coaches to communicate to players regarding life skills, HIV/Aids awareness and healthy lifestyles.
Mulunga is known for her no-nonsense defending style, speed and hard-work especially on the right.
She hardly stays a minute or two without getting involved in play. She is a versatile player and suits well in many positions, which allows her to swap between different positions in a match depending on the positions needs in the team and the strength of the opponent too.
It is this competency on the field that makes her one of the most feared and valuable players in local women’s football. With age on her side, she still has a lot to offer.
In the WSL last season, she was 4th on the top scorers’ list and second in her club with 18 goals from 20 matches.
Mulunga helped her club JS Academy wins the NFA WSL for the first time in 2012 when she played in all international competitions that the national sides took part in; the U/17 Fifa World Cup Qualifiers which she captained; the Zone VI games with the U/20 team where they won a Fair Play award; the U/20 Fifa World Cup Qualifiers and the CAF Women Championships with the Brave Gladiators.
Although they failed to qualify for all major tournaments, she won the NFA/DFB Women Super Cup in November last year with the U/20 Zone VI team.
Her inspirational Namibian player is former Hamburg SV’s defender Collin Benjamin who can as well play in various positions on the field.
Benjamin has played in German professional leagues for more than 10 years. To the children that are playing football, Mulunga urges them to work hard but “never forget to always enjoy the game and have fun.
She also felt that there is a need for women to be exposed to sports activities.
In her response to what she would do if she was a minister for one day, she said, “I would organise a sports day mainly for women as the men are always exposed to these activities.”
After scooping the biggest individual award in the women’s top flight league last season, she felt, ‘it’s an honour and a privilege as there are so great players in the league and for me to be chosen made me to be proud of myself’, an indication that her hard work on the field did not go unnoticed and it paid off.
The WSL could kick off only after the Men’s Premier League has ended and Mulunga can’t wait to kick the ball again.