IT will be prudent for Zambian striker Emmanuel Mayuka to move to a new club that will appreciate his services to keep his soccer career alive, says former Zanaco coach Wedson ‘Wada Wada’ Nyirenda.
Nyirenda, who now trains the Mozambican side Ferroviário da Beira, said it was the wish of every player to have game time but that it was sad that Mayuka was not having that chance.
“He has been moving here and there. So in order not to waste our precious striker’s time and talent, I feel a new move would do him good and all of us are looking up to his great skills to save the dwindling striking problems in our nation,” he said.
Nyirenda, who also tutored ZESCO United told the Daily Nation from Mozambique that the striker who has been idle at English side Southampton, should now look elsewhere to keep his soccer career alive.
He emphasised that Mayuka was still a great striker and with more game time, he could retain his form.
“I believe in the young man’s great soccer skills. I would like him to continue giving us the great service he has always given Zambia,” he said.
Power Dynamos coach Tenant Chilumba said the Southampton coach should tell Mayuka if he has no plan for him.
“It is frustrating for a player to be idle. I feel the coach should tell Mayuka if he doesn’t have him in his plans. It is a timely warning that he needs to look to other clubs such as those in France. He needs to play more games to regain his scoring form. He will also lose out at the national team because of his declining form,” he said.
He however said Mayuka’s groin injury sustained during the AfCON 2015 has contributed to his poor form.
“The injury he had was serious and I feel it has also contributed to him losing his jersey number. But I have confidence that once he joins another club, he will be a force to reckon with,” he said.
Former national team coach Patrick Phiri said the striker should remain at Southampton and fight for his place.
“I understand losing a jersey number is traumatising for any player; Mayuka should not give up but fight for it. He should not lose hope because I believe he is a great player,” Phiri said.
On Wednesday, Mayuka was left out of the Saints 44-member squad for the 2015/2016 Barclays English Premiership season with his number 24 jersey given to teammate Jack Stephens. He was also excluded from the club pre-season tour of Austria and Holland despite two years remaining on his five-year deal signed on August 28, 2012.