Is this the end of Emmanuel Mayuka?
The name Emmanuel Mayuka probably still haunts teams that Zambia faced at the 2012 AFCON especially John Boye and Ghana who were eliminated in the semi-finals by his solo strike, a beauty , something close to genius.
At that Africa cup of nations he was one of, if not the best striker in Equatorial Guinea/Gabon, but today he does not look anything like the lethal striker that once took Zambian football by storm.
What really went wrong with the 2012 AFCON golden boot winner?
At Kabwe Warriors as a young striker, Mayuka Mayukau started making his name through his goal scoring prowess. His Killer instinct was something any striker that knew him at the time most probably envied.
He started making steady progress and soon he was off to Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv; He was there from 2008-2010 before making a move to Young Boys of Switzerland which was the time he was at his peak 2010-2012.
He was a very lethal at this time and helped Zambi win it’s only AFCON title at the 2012 tournament held in Equatorial Guinea/ Gabon.
He was spotted by Southhampton and made his big move to the English premier league under coach Nigel Adkins. Mayuka made a number of appearances mostly from the bench and most notable against Manchester United but failed to impress new manager Mouricio Pochetino and just barely a year into his contract, He was sent to Sochaux on loan (2013-14), in the French league 1 under former Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard.
Same old story as he failed to find his place in the team and was finally sold in 2015 to a French lower tier side FC Metz where he also failed to establish himself.
Other reports indicate poor advise from his close friends also played a part and then found himself in Egypt a year later.
As things stand it seems he might only have one a few options after leaving Zamalek as he is found drunk mostly of late.
An inside source at Nkoloma Stadium where he trains with Red Arrows revealed that he sometimes goes to training once a week.
” He comes to training once a week at times,” the source said.
The only question now is what went wrong?
Once Zambia’s best prospect now just another average player looking for a club to sign him.
Can he retain his form looking at the fact that will be 28 in a months time?
If things go as planned he might join Red Arrows but does the ‘Lion’ have enough steam for one last roar or more?,
Only time will tell as at now we wait.
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