Harare – It has taken little time for Brighton & Hove Albion’s new signing, Enock Mwepu, to settle at the club, thanks to the presence of Percy Tau.
Zambia international soccer player Mwepu moved to Brighton & Hove in a US$27 million four-year deal early in July from Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg, and the midfielder teams up with South African star Percy Tau in the English Premier League.
Having spent the last four-years at Salzburg after joining the Austrian side from Zambian club Kafue Celtic, the 23-year-old midfielder is already feeling at home in England.
“I am happy to be here, I am excited and happy to be here, and I feel at home already. My new teammates and the coaches have welcomed me in, I really feel at home, and this gives me energy to be around them.
“I am trying to remember the names but Danny Welbeck, Percy Tau and the captain (Lewis Dunk) have made me feel comfortable and at home,” Mwepu told the club’s TV last week.
Despite feeling nervous during his first training session with his new club a week ago, Mwepu is ready to adapt to a new playing style at his new club.
“First training sessions with a new club you will always be a bit nervous, as you will be trying to gain confidence and fit in, but it is always a good thing to start training. My first session was more about coming in and try to have the feel of the ball, showing off the quality
“The quality of the flow of the ball is quite different here, you can also see how the guys communicate and move. I liked it and I will just have to take time and adapt and see how I will fit in, in the team,” he added.
Mwepu has also fallen in love with the city that will be his home for the next four years.
“It is a very cool city, I took a walk around it, it’s beautiful and I like it,” he said.
Mwepu looked back on his remarkable football journey that has taken him from Kafue, to Salzburg Brighton and Hove in less than five years, saying it is “the work of God”.
“It has been a long journey and a tough one of course, coming from Zambia and to make it in Europe it’s not an easy journey. But for me it started when we won the CAF U20 which (Zambia) hosted and there were a lot of scouts who came, and of course, Salzburg scouted me there and I had a great four years there.“Since then things moved quickly, I dreamt of playing in the European Champions League and I have played in the tournament. And I have also dreamt of playing in the Premier League, and here I am, so it seems like all the dreams that I have always wanted in my life and career are just coming in and I have to thank God about it, so it has been an amazing journey,” said Mwepu.