Emmanuel Mayuka

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Emmanuel Mayuka is a Zambian striker who was born in Kabwe, Zambia on 21st November 1990. Mayuka began his senior career with local side Kabwe Warriors after impressing as a youngster at the Lusaka Academy. He made an immediate impact, scoring goals for fun at the tender age of 17. He received international recognition for Zambia, winning his first senior cap in a 3-0 win over Mozambique in 2007.

Mayuka joined Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2008. The centre-forward had been linked to a number of big name teams before eventually settling on Maccabi. Porto were rumoured to be interested, but a move to Portugal never materialised. Mayuka made just 12 appearances during 2008/09, but became a regular the following campaign, netting 7 goals.

In 2010 Mayuka signed for Young Boys of Switzerland. The former Maccabi man made his debut against FC Thun on 17th July 2010. He was close to taking Young Boys into the 2010/11 Champions League, before Tottenham overturned a 3-0 deficit. Mayuka performed well in the Europa League, netting a double against Stuttgart on 1st December 2010. He scored 10 league goals during the 2010/11 Super League season, before netting a further 9 the following campaign.

Mayuka played a key role in Zambia’s dramatic 2012 African Nations Cup Final triumph. He helped the 'Chipolopolo' out of the group stage with goals against Senegal and Libya. On 8th February 2012 Mayuka netted the winner against Ghana in the semi-final. He also scored a penalty in the winning shootout against Ivory Coast in the final.

On 28th August 2012 Mayuka signed a five year deal with Southampton for a fee believed to be in the region of €4,000,000. He looked out of sync with his teammates in his Saints debut against Manchester United in August. Showed flashes of brilliance in substitute appearances against Aston Villa and Tottenham, but looked off the pace in other games. Mayuka played in 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in January, but disappointed, as Zambia crashed out at the group stage. He was left out in the cold for months following his return to Staplewood, but did put in a solid cameo at Swansea. Three further unremarkable outings followed at the end of the season