Saturday, October 8, 2022

Justin Shonga back at Nkwazi

Striker Justin Shonga has made a return to the Zambia Super League after rejoining his parent club Nkwazi. 

The Zambia Police sponsored outfit took to social media to confirm the development. 

“Justin Shonga has returned to Nkwazi as a guest player after a 5 year stay in South Africa. 

Bringing back Shonga is a win-win. Not only will he offer Nkwazi composure and class going forward on the pitch, he will also lift the mood of the fans and bring some much-needed leadership to the Nkwazi dressing room.”

“What Nkwazi needs more than anything now is focus. They need an experienced head to galvanise the youthful talent in their ranks, and these same young players need a figurehead to aspire to.

Shonga still has a huge amount to offer both on and off the field. Bringing him back to Nkwazi is the right decision for all concerned with the club. 

What Nkwazi needs are goals and he knows how to get them,” reads a statement from the club monitored by the ZamFoot Crew. 

Shonga almost  joined Moroccan side Maghreb Sportive de Fès last month but the deal broke down at the last hour. 

The 25 year old returns home after an unsuccessful spell in Egypt where he was released by Ismaily SC where he made just four official appearances without a goal.

Shonga only scored a goal in a pre-season friendly match against Al Ostool which Ismaily won 2-0 in October last year.

Shonga, Zambia’s top scorer at the Cosafa Cup  left South African side Sekhukhune United by mutual consent in June last year.

Shonga played 14 games in all competitions for Sekhukhune United scoring two goals and an assist.

The former Nkwazi forward has also played for Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila F.C (TTM), Cape Town City and Orlando Pirates in the South African DSTV Premiership.

Shonga joined Pirates in September 2017 under former Chipolopolo Boys head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic and was a key player for the Sea Robbers between 2017 and 2019.

Shonga was influential as the Buccaneers finished second in the Premier Soccer League in the 2017/18 season and 2018/19 campaign, while also reaching the 2018 Nedbank Cup final.

The Zambian however fell out of favor late in 2019 and struggled for game time under coaches Rhulani Mokwena and Josef Zinnbauer.

Shonga scored 16 goals and provided 16 assists in 77 appearances for the Buccaneers.

He has won 33 caps for Zambia and scored 16 international goals.

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