SOUTHAMPTON FC has released Africa’s 2012 Golden Boot winner and Zambian striker Emmanuel Mayuka to Division Two Metz FC of France on a three-year permanent deal.
The French club that commands the league after five games reported to have signed Mayuka on Monday.
The English club confirmed yesterday on its website that it had released Mayuka on a three-year deal after failing to perform.
However, Southampton did not disclose the cost of the deal.
It further read that Metz, who were relegated from Ligue but dominates their division, had confirmed Mayuka’s arrival at Stade Saint-Symphorien .
Mayuka joined Saints from Young Boys of Swtzerland in 2012 but scored only one goal from 19 appearances for the Club.
In July, Mayuka lost his jersey number 24 to defender Jack Stephens.
He further spent the 2013-14 season on loan to Sochaux in France and after returns, he become a bench warmer.
Mayuka failed to impress during the Africa Cup in South Africa in 2013.
He was left out of the professional players that Chipolopolo interim coach George Lwandamina had called for the AfCON Kenya qualifier on Sunday.
Former Chipolopolo coach Patrick Phiri welcomed Mayuka’s transfer, saying he needed more game time to regain fitness.
Phiri said Southampton was a big side but was not helping Mayuka as he was usually benched.
“It is a good transfer and I have no doubt that he will shine. What Mayuka needs is to play more games to get back to his brilliant scoring ability. France has a strong league compared to ours so he is better off that side,”he said.
He advised Mayuka to fight for a permanent place and help the club return to Division one.
He said discipline was cardinal if he has to progress and prove his critics wrong.