Mumba delighted to get big Norwich City chance in win over Swansea

Bali Mumba tussles with Swansea and Ghana striker Andre Ayew during Norwich City's home victory Pict

Bali Mumba tussles with Swansea and Ghana striker Andre Ayew during Norwich City's home victory Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Bali Mumba is delighted to have made his big Norwich City opportunity count after his positive contribution in the Canaries’ win over Swansea City.

Bali Mumba is delighted to have made his big Norwich City opportunity count after his positive contribution in the Canaries’ win over Swansea City.

The teenager replaced Jacob Sorensen at left-back in the 68th minute, with Xavi Quintilla missing a fourth game with a hip problem, and injected some real pace into attacking efforts in the final quarter of the game.

His cross was met by Emi Buendia, who teed up Marco Steipermann to deliver the knock-out blow for the Canaries in the 84th minute, extending an unbeaten run to seven games.

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


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

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

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Mumba was signed from Sunderland in the summer for a reported initial fee of £350,000, as he was in the final year of his deal with the Black Cats.

The England U19 international made his Championship debut at 16 and made 10 senior appearances in total but was on loan at Northern Premier League side South Shields earlier this year as he converted from a defensive midfielder into a wide player.

Daniel Farke has provided many young players with an opportunity during his spell in charge and Mumba is the latest to be thrown in at the deep end.

“The boss told me when I get on the ball to be positive because one of their players isn’t very good defensively,” Mumba explained, speaking to City’s official website.

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

“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, me and him, it’s a great feeling for both of us.”

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