AFTER failing to stamp his mark in Europe, Chipolopolo striker Emmanuel Mayuka has decided to revive his dwindling football fortunes by trekking back to Africa where he has signed a three and a half year deal with Egyptian giants Zamalek.
The move follows a short stint at French League Two side Metz where he made ten appearances but only managed to score two goals.
The finer details of the seemingly lucrative move to Cairo were concluded on Thursday with Mayuka becoming Zamalek’s third new-signing after the club had signed Ittihad of Alexandria fullback Ramzi Khaled and the return of Mahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdel-Razek. There was pomp and splendour when the talented Zambian moved to Southampton where he barely finished three seasons before being released to Metz on a another three year permanent deal.
This was after the 2012 AFCON winning striker failed to impress in the premier league after 16 appearances in all.
Since 2013, the 2012 AFCON Golden boot winner has failed to find his rhythm and form since he left Young Boys of Switzerland to join Southampton where his fans thought he would finally tick and settle down.
Meanwhile, former Chipolopolo coach Patrick Phiri has hailed Mayuka’s move to Zamalek but has strongly advised the young player to up his game if has to win a place in the starting line up.
Phiri advised that Zamalek was a highly competitive team that seeks results having played in competitive international events and Mayuka would only make it in the starting line up if he works extra hard.
“Mayuka’s has not been impressive in recent years. He needs to wake up from the slumber and regain his fantastic speed and scoring ability to remain in Cairo. A move to Zamalek is always good but it calls for dedication,” Phiri said.
The veteran coach added that it would not be easy to book a place in the starting line-up of the Egyptian giant adding that North Africa has a different ball game and Mayuka should be strong and focused.
“Mayuka is among the naturally born strikers and it will be unfortunate if he wastes his talent running from club to club at the expense of building and cementing a place at one club” Phiri said.
Phiri maintained that Mayuka was still young with a lot of energy adding that Mayuka was one of the strikers that can produce positive results for Chipolopolo because of his good scoring ability.