Midfielder wants he and his team mates to send 30,000 Blues fans home happy at Wembley
Tamika Mkandawire roared ‘let’s make history’ on the eve on Blues’ trip to Wembley to take on Crewe Alexandra in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.
Southend United of course have the chance to earn a win in a Wembley final for the very first time and the 29-year-old can’t wait for it, especially with the support the club have generated.
“It’s a great following and we hope to give them a good game to come and watch. We all hope to get the right result and, with their backing, there’s no reason why we can’t.
“It’s a great experience for everyone, especially the younger players that we have here, and hopefully a great day for everyone to enjoy.
“We’ve said it in training that we want to make history for this Football Club. It’s a special occasion for the fans and we’re well aware of that.”
Tam rejoined the club on a temporary deal from Millwall and he certainly picked the right time to return to Roots Hall!
“Quite a few of the lads have pulled me up about that!” Tam said, smiling.
“In all seriousness it’s a great bonus for me to come back. It’s worked out quite well that we have a Wembley final during my month here and I’m looking forward to it.”
The ‘big game’ mentality is something that Tamika does have after playing in play-off finals and semi-finals. He hopes that experience can help those who will be experiencing it for the first time.
He added: “I’ve played in some big games before in finals and semi-finals of play-offs, and it’s all about your ability to play the game, not the occasion.
“You do that experience sometimes to help those who haven’t been in this type of situation before so I’m here for the lads who are experiencing this for the first time.
“Hopefully we can come out victorious and make some history for the football club.
“Nerves will be normal for all the lads. It’s a bit different walking out at Wembley as opposed to Roots Hall!”
The midfielder praised the 30,000 members of the Blue Army that are travelling down to support the lads at Wembley.
“It’s a great following and we hope to give them a good game to come and watch. We all hope to get the right result and, with their backing, there’s no reason why we can’t win the game,” he said.
“To win it will be right up there in my achievements. It’s a good competition and to play at Wembley is the pinnacle for most professional footballers.
“I went to Wembley to watch the Olympics soccer in the summer and I played at the old Wembley for my youth team at West Bromwich Albion. The new one will be another stadium for me to tick off the list.”