Zambian striker Emmanuel Mayuka has joined French League One side Sochaux on a one year loan from English side Southampton.
Mayuka who has spent one season in England heads to France on the back of a disappointing first season where he was starved of game time making only four appearances in the saints’ colours.
The club reported via it twitter handle that the 2012 Africa Cup Golden Boot winner will be on Sochaux books up to June 2014.
“Saints striker Emmanuel Mayuka has joined French League 1 side @FCSM_official on loan until June 30, 2014,” the club stated.
And Mayuka said he was happy to be heading to France and hoped to get enough game time.
“I am happy to sign with FC Sochaux. I need to have more game time so I had to be loaned from FC Southampton,” he said.
“I thank Southampton for understanding that. I can’t wait to play my 1st game with Sochaux although now I’m busy and focusing on the Zambia game against Ghana. This is most important.”
Sochaux are second from the bottom in 2 points from five games played in the French League so far.
And another Zambian Emmanuel Mbola has confirmed his move to Israeli side Hapoel Ra’anana on a one year contract.
Mbola who has since joined the national team in South Africa expressed delight at his new move after being released by FC Porto where was on loan from TP Mazembe.
“I am happy to sign for Hapoel Raanana. I thank TP for allowing me to make this move,” he said.
“I want to play in West Europe and Israel is a good start. I’m now focusing on Zambia game against Ghana. Anyway I plan now to talk on field only.”
And the players’ agent Karin Nir said the deals would advantage the players in terms of getting game time.
“I am happy for these two deals. Mayuka is very happy in Southampton and they like him a lot also, but, we decided is better for him to have more game time at this point,” Nir said.
“Mbola is a top player and can be a great player in Europe. I thank TP for their help and believe Israel is just Mbola’s 1s step.”
Mbola has hardly played football since the 2010 Africa Cup where he caught the imagination of many scouts but ended up being embroiled in a damaging transfer wrangle that saw his slapped with a FIFA ban hence missing the 2012 Africa Cup.