KOLA NEARLY JOINED REAL MADRID
Zambian striker Roger Kola once attended trials at one of the best clubs in the world when he was just a teenager.
After an impressive performance at the 2007 U-20 World Cup, an eighteen-year-old Kola went for trails at Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid though things did not work out.
Roger Kola was Zambia’s top goalscorer at the tournament with two goals scoring in the final group game which Zambia beat a star-studded Uruguay side with the likes of Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani 2-0 and in the 2-1 round of 16 loss to Nigeria.
Kola then went to Sweden where the team failed to meet the demands of his parent club Edu sport.
He finally made his move out of Zambia in January 2009 when he moved to South Africa to Join PSL side Golden Arrows before moving to Isreal six months later to join Hapoel Bnei Lod, later moved to Rishon leZion before joining FC Ashdod in 2011.
He was sold to Belgian giants KAA Gent a year later for a fee reported to be around € 800 000 as a replacement for Zlatan Ljubijankic.
His time at Gent was, however, full of loan spells to Isreal to Kiryat Shmona (twice ), Hapoel Raanana and to Greece at PAE Veria.
He returned back home and joined the Bankers in 2018 where he plies his trade currently and is looking sharp again with goals both in the local league and the CAF Confederation Cup.
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