Mayuka Mayuka!


Emmanual Mayuka is one of Zambia’s lethal weapons.  Born on 21st November 1990, a young 21year old has made his country proud by joining the English Premier League team Southampton last Friday.  He was the same player who showed his astounding skills as striker during the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, where Zambia won a miraculous win.  We all feel the twinge of sadness when we think of the team that perished in 1993, just meters away from the same stadium that Zambia took its victory this year, but this super team that Coach Herve Renard has brought together and trained has by far impressed Zambians all over the world, as well as football lovers everywhere.  Everyone loves an under-dog!  Some can say there were 22 players on that pitch, some can say it was written in the stars, and some can say we just managed to train well and learn from previous errors, but all in all, Chipolopolo triumphed, and as a result, we now have a young Mayuka playing for Southampton as part of a 5year, £3m (K24bn) deal.


Emmanual Mayuka first started out at the age of 11 at the Lusaka Academy. In 2007 he joined Kabwe Warriors, one of the biggest teams in Zambia, owned by the prevalent Zambia Railways.  He then joined the under-17 national team.  His bigger break involved joining Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv, and consequently Swiss club BSC Young Boys.


His stellar performance through out AFCON 2012, especially at the finals against Ivory Coast at Libreville, brought him, as well as other players Rainford Kalaba, Chisamba Lungu, Stophila Sunzu and Hichani Himoonde, higher international recognition.


Despite Zambia's slightly disappointing performance at the new Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola last Saturday 8th of September 2012, a win against Uganda still resulted (1-0).  TeamKC  was there in the crowds, totally amazed by the euphoria of the crouds and the sheer size of the stadium.  A thunderous piece of architecture. You could feel the energy resonating through your bones!  Castle lagers and Chibuku were being drunk as quickly as possible outside (the stadium is alcohol-free) before the match started, Mexican waves were started and finished hopelessly, seats were being mixed up and Herve Renard still had his pristine white shirt.  It was my first time to a stadium, so it was definitely an experience I will never ever forget.



We are looking forward to playing in Kampala next month, in the hopes of qualifying through to the next World Cup. I think the Copper Bullets will definitely put on a memorable performance, as they did at AFCON, on the tough Kampala home ground.


And of course, the KC brand managed to get itself on Mayuka himself!  It truly is an honour to be the first Zambian fashion designer to have a Premier League player wearing my clothing, a Zambian brand.  Truly patriotic. Truly Zambian.  Chipolopolo iyeeh!




- KC

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