Serie A side Cagliari have signed Zambia U-20 National Team striker Kingston Mutandwa, the club has confirmed.
Mutandwa has penned a four year deal with the newly promoted Serie A side but will start the season with the U-20 team.
Mutandwa becomes the first player to join a Serie A side directly from Zambia but second Zambian after Lameck Banda to join the top five European League.
Banda moved to US Lecce from the Israeli top flight.
Mutandwa, who joined Atletico Lusaka in August 2021 from Central Province’s Division 3 side Sunshine, spent two months atIsraeli top flight side Maccabi Petah Tikva.
He has been on assessment since last month.
Mutandwa scored for Cagliari Under-20 in their victory over Young Boys Under-23 in a friendly match over a week ago.
He also provided an assist as Cagliari beat the Swiss side 3-1 in Bern.
“I am beyond thrilled! It’s a dream come true to play in the top 5 leagues. I’d like to express my deepest gratitude toward Atletico Lusaka, my club, the club that believed in me from day one, and grew me! I owe this day to them,” Mutandwa said.
“I am committed to working diligently on the pitch to improve and to assist my new team. I am equally appreciative of my agent Nir Karin who’s been by my side since the beginning.”
The lanky forward led the attack for Zambia at the CAF U20 African Cup of Nations in Egypt where he scored a goal for the Junior Chipolopolo.
Mutandwa later featured for Zambia Under-23 in an Olympic qualifier against Egypt.
Cagliari are coached by English Premier League winner Claudio Renieri.