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Mayuka makes full debut for Southampton

October 31, 2012

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Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka made his full Southampton debut in the 3-0 defeat to Leeds United in a capitol one game played at Elland road last night with goals from  Michael Tonge and El-Hadji Diouf, Luciano Becchi.

Zambianfootball.co.zm UK based correspondent Dennis Chali who was at Elland Road brought us this report.

Mayuka started upfront as a lone striker supported by Brazilian Guly Do Prado just behind him and had a decent game but for most part of the match he was isolated as the brilliant Leeds side boasting the like former Liverpool winger Diouf and former Stoke City midfielder  Tonge had completely outplayed the saint’s midfield.

Mayuka got in the thick of things as early as the 6th minute when he showed great strength to keep Lee Peltier of the ball near the 18 yard box but before he could shoot, the referee blew for a foul and warded Leeds a free kick. He had another decent attempt in the 10th minute but he was caught offside.

On a cold night in Leeds, Mayuka ‘s first real chance came midway in the first half but he missed a touch on  a low cross from Steve De Ridder on the right side of Southampton’s attack line.

Mayuka was isolated for most of the game as Southampton midfield was dominated by a spirited Leeds side

Still at 1-0,and after Leeds wasted two great chances, Emmanuel Mayuka pulled a volley drive well wide of Leeds goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown’s goal just before the 70th-minute and this never looked as though it was going to be Southampton’s night. Mayuka had another effort in the 84th minute which was blocked by Jason Pearce.

Leeds increased their tally two minutes later through Diouf before Argentina striker Becchio scored the third from the spot in the 90th minute.

After the final whistle Diouf and Mayuka swapped shirts and had a brief chat before leaving for the tunnel.

After the match, Southampton manager Nigel Adkins said his side were very poor.

“The mindset before the game was to be very positive. Tadanari Lee, Emmanuel Mayuka and Steve De Ridder are blessed with an outstanding amount of pace so the objective was to get on the front foot by utilising that and getting in behind’’

“It was a very attacking formation on paper, but on the pitch you have got to go and produce it.

Diouf celebrates with Mayuka’s shirt after the match

The manager also said he took full responsibility of the performance. Southampton travel to the Hawthorns on the weekend to play West Brom,where Mayuka can face Nigeria’s Peter Odemwinge as both expect to clash again on January 25 next year when the African champions take on the Super Eagle’s in the mouth watering clash.


21 Comments on "Mayuka makes full debut for Southampton"

  1. john on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 12:28 pm 

    As far as I’m concerned only jacob, mayuka and kola play at a similar level to fwayo tembo. The romanian league is a UEFA league in the top 15 in the world so if herve renard prefer to call useless boys like chivuta over fwayo I don’t want to hear that silly excuse kalaba this kalaba that. Otherwise he should go. I DONT CARE what chivuta or mbesuma do in the PSL it is a cheap league not even worth the mention I feel embarassed here when people are excited when mbesuma scores a goal in that CHEAP league. Fwayo is playing 90 minutes in europe and renard is ignoring him. FAZ can you be serious and allocate funds towards monitering the real pros not those cheap PSL players you like

  2. Deus Wa Soccer on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 12:40 pm 

    Great,reporting on the game.Keep on reporting Dennis

  3. one Andy on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 1:05 pm 

    now that Kalaba is not sure if he will be available for the SA game,cant Renard think of proper replacements to save us this embarassment we are going through as a result of our luckster performance?This issue of only relying on certain individuals will surely ruin our game.

  4. Maite & Man City on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 1:06 pm 

    @john – I agree with you on Fwayo and i can feel your frustrations from your tone. Back to the article, its nice that Mayuka’s Manager appreciates his attributes and my prayer is that he is not fired before this season so that Mayuka can continue having some game time.

    When are going to send some more players to Europe? we have enough talent Pa Zed especially in our local league. I though ba Chiti Chitundu was supposed to be our saviour!!

    @ John – Are you the John who used to call for the inclusion of one Edwin Phiri in the 2012 AFCON bound team? How is he doing by the way? Any news about Lamisa and Chaly at Chelsea?

  5. D K M Dihno on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 1:08 pm 

    I AGREE WITH YOU JOHN, EVEN MAYUKA IS WONDERING WHY HIS CO-PATNER FWAYO AND KOLA, ARE NOT CALLED. The time wil need the boys it will be tòo late.

  6. egwugwu on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 1:29 pm 

    ya too bad mayuka didnt find a net.continue working hard towards scoring .

  7. john on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 2:18 pm 

    the only teams in africa that a zambian can be proud of playing for are TP MAZEMBE, AL AHLY, ESPERANCE, ETOILE DU SAHEL and ZAMALECK. The rest are just comical jokes. When was the last time Orlando Pirates had the quality to play in the champions league. NO, no, no hereve this selection thing of yours is going out of hand for a friendly like this fwayo was supposed to be there. Surely the boy is trained by top european coaches. The boy plays against giants like Cluj who regularly compete in the UEFA champions league, Dinamo Bucharest, Steau Bucharest etc real teams with real players. Cliff just needs to work on dscipline he is also way more talented than chivuta. Cliff was supposed to be in europe by now. Herve should be serious how long will continue to cry for more creativity in midfield to help kalaba.

  8. Paulsn on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 3:06 pm 

    John do you have something else to say? This Fwayo story is getting boring and frustrating. Why don’t you write FAZ and get them links and details to show them what Fwayo is doing? By links I don’t mean the five minute pieces as one cannot make a satisfactory assessment from that.

  9. Nathan on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 3:49 pm 

    Iam sure we have all seen Fwayo play for Zambia before,and really he wont add anything new to the team.Yes I agree with you John that he should be given a chance,but let not get carried away thinking he will bring things that we have never seen in Zambia. Dario called him and what did he bring to the team,besides his heavy drinking? We have had good players like Andrew Sinkala and Moses Sichone who were not part of the team for various reasons. Talent alone is not enough for a team sport,may be tennis. We don not know why Renard is not calling him,lets not speculate. Renard sis paid to call and drop players,let him do his job.And us Zambians are very difficult,we even critize him for Clifford,come on guys,is any player more important than the team? Paulsn,good observation with John’s Fwayo issues!!

  10. neat licker on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 4:01 pm 

    fwayo tembo must play in the mandela cup.whats wrong with this renard guy?how do you pick the likes of chamanga ,chivuta and you leave fwayo sure ? this is insanity.

  11. Paulsn on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 4:17 pm 

    Here is an example of statistics about Fwayo that would help in making a decision. I will concentrate on on-field stats. From 22/07/12 to 25/08/12 (which is 4 weeks), he was on the bench for Astra. He never saw a single minute of game time. He came on as a sub and played 16 and 5 minutes on 02/09/12 and 17/09/12 resp. Between 23/09 and 26/10/12 he has played 5 full games (90 minutes each). All the above games are in Liga 1. Besides that he played 90 minutes in Cupa Romaniei on 27/09/12. He has scored 1 in cup and 3 in league giving a total of 4 goals (1 of the 4 goals was a penalty). He has scored 3 of his 4 goals in the second half. Presently his market value is on the upswing. His team is presently on an impressive 3rd position in an 18 team league with 13 games played. The other point to note is that his last recorded competitive game before playing for Astra was with ES Sahel in CAF Champs League on 06/04/12 where he played 72 minutes. This simply means that he was not playing competitive football from 07/04/12 to 01/09/12. That ladies and gentlemen gives you approximately 5 months. And he has played full 90 minute games so far for a little over a month – 5 weekends to be precise. Translated to minutes, he has played 471 minutes in Liga 1 and 90 minutes in the cup game. Do these statistics warrant a recall to the national team NOW? Its your call to make. All I urge the fans is to make calls with hard evidence and not just a few YouTube clips or comments by others, let alone based on past glory. Potential and present form sustained over a considerably long period are better yardsticks in my own humble estimations. Happy blogging fellas.

  12. Sibs on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 4:56 pm 

    @Paulsn. If you look at Chintu Kampamba and E.Mbola’s playing minutes. Fwayo has a longer mileage by far. To go an extra mile Fwayo has seen more minutes than N.Chivuta and F.Katongo in the last 5 months.

    So if it’s about playing time then Fwayo should be in the team. But the Coach knows better why he did not pick the lad.
    It has nothing to do with playing time. Though i respect Coach HR’s decisions.

  13. Sibs on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 5:00 pm 

    Nice report Dennis. Thanks for taking time to go and watch the game.

  14. Nathan on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 5:06 pm 

    Thanks Paulsn for the stats. Surely if Renard is going to be calling everyone who plays a game or two,then he should called Tika Musonda and Lamisha Musonda who are palying well for Chelsea reserves. But I am sure Zambia is too big for that,we need players performing consistently at the high level,not reserves or 3 months of Romanian action. If Fwayo continues at the same pace,and improves his off field discipline,may be he should be looked at. By the way John,where would you love Fwayo to play,who should he replace??

  15. Maite & Man City on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 5:40 pm 

    @Paulsn- Your analysis/tabulation is far much better than our local pundits on our national television. You are at par with the info on back page program on radio Christian Voice (sat @ 11hrs)

    By analysing your facts,its quite clear that the calls spearheaded by our JOHM on this site are justified because Mbesuma, Mayuka, Chivuta, Felix, Chintu, Mbola, Chansa, Joseph Musonda and possibly Chisamba Lungu have seen very little game time after the AFCON. Let me quantify the minutes of each player highlighted here tommorrow and will post on this same page tommorrow.

    @ John – How is Edwin Phiri performing???

  16. Percy on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 5:43 pm 

    We have players in the current team who are unattached or dont play for any club yet they have been selected to play for the national team. Why then would you leave out a player who has played those “few” minutes you hav highlighted and even scored 5 goals? To me this shows that Fwayo is a great player coz if he can play those few minutes and yet manage to score all thoz goals, then no doubt he deserves a place in th national team where he wil be afforded more game time and with such a gud track record in the past few months, Fwayo wil surely bang them goals for Chipolopolo at Afcon 2013. What of Mbola who doesnt see any game time at Porto yet he is in th squard? How about Noah Chivuta and the others who r warming benches at their respective clubs in the PSL? Even the T.P Mazembe players are not all seeing game time there, so why are u targeting Fwayo and justifying his wrong exclusion from the team. Had Renard and his Madalas in his team been performing well since Afcon, no one would be asking for the inclusion of any other player, but the performance of Afcon champions has left much to be desired. In the short time we have been champions, we have been beaten by Sudan, Malawi, Korea B and Uganda. Tell me, doesnt this team need strengthening? Even great sides like Barcelona, Real Madrid, ManU, Chelsea, Bayern and Arsenal keep buying new talent to strenthen their squards. They dont look at past glory and say “after all this is the winning team so we keep it this way”, NO! They know that each challenge needs a new approach and so they keep bringing new talent to their teams to increase the level of competition among player who fear for their places otherwise they (old players) would become complacent and stop performing at their peak like is the case with our Chipolopolo team coz their places seem to have been cast in concrete by Renard. Whether they perform or not, whether they play at their clubs or not, their places in the national team are personal top holder and that is our biggest problem. Disaster awaits us in South Africa next coz this team does not seem to have wht it takes to retain the Afcon title or even come close to defending it. May God help us coz at the rate we are moving, things dont look good for us. When people said we were ill prepared for Uganda, die hard soccer fans said we were ok and we’ll beat Uganda in Uganda convincingly. But what happened there? So let us not just support Renard blindly, he is human and bound to make mistakes. On Fwayo, Given nd Clifford, Renard is very wrong to ignor them. He needs to be told the truth that players like Chamanga and Chivuta will not take us anywhere. Truth be told, we need to assemble the best team we can for the upcoming Afcon tournament otherwise we will be disgraced big time.

  17. Percy on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 5:47 pm 

    @Paulsn, we have players in the current team who are unattached or dont play for any club yet they have been selected to play for the national team. Why then would you leave out a player who has played those “few” minutes you hav highlighted and even scored 5 goals? To me this shows that Fwayo is a great player coz if he can play those few minutes and yet manage to score all thoz goals, then no doubt he deserves a place in th national team where he wil be afforded more game time and with such a gud track record in the past few months, Fwayo wil surely bang them goals for Chipolopolo at Afcon 2013. What of Mbola who doesnt see any game time at Porto yet he is in th squard? How about Noah Chivuta and the others who r warming benches at their respective clubs in the PSL? Even the T.P Mazembe players are not all seeing game time there, so why are u targeting Fwayo and justifying his wrong exclusion from the team. Had Renard and his Madalas in his team been performing well since Afcon, no one would be asking for the inclusion of any other player, but the performance of Afcon champions has left much to be desired. In the short time we have been champions, we have been beaten by Sudan, Malawi, Korea B and Uganda. Tell me, doesnt this team need strengthening? Even great sides like Barcelona, Real Madrid, ManU, Chelsea, Bayern and Arsenal keep buying new talent to strenthen their squards. They dont look at past glory and say “after all this is the winning team so we keep it this way”, NO! They know that each challenge needs a new approach and so they keep bringing new talent to their teams to increase the level of competition among player who fear for their places otherwise they (old players) would become complacent and stop performing at their peak like is the case with our Chipolopolo team coz their places seem to have been cast in concrete by Renard. Whether they perform or not, whether they play at their clubs or not, their places in the national team are personal top holder and that is our biggest problem. Disaster awaits us in South Africa next coz this team does not seem to have wht it takes to retain the Afcon title or even come close to defending it. May God help us coz at the rate we are moving, things dont look good for us. When people said we were ill prepared for Uganda, die hard soccer fans said we were ok and we’ll beat Uganda in Uganda convincingly. But what happened there? So let us not just support Renard blindly, he is human and bound to make mistakes. On Fwayo, Given nd Clifford, Renard is very wrong to ignor them. He needs to be told the truth that players like Chamanga and Chivuta will not take us anywhere. Truth be told, we need to assemble the best team we can for the upcoming Afcon tournament otherwise we will be disgraced big time…

  18. Paulsn on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 9:10 pm 

    @Percy. All I did was give facts and ask a question for people like you to answer. I havent at any point validated or dispelled Fwayo’s inclusion in the team. Like @Sibs and @Nathan have pointed out there are also issues of discipline that could be the factor here. I didnt want to get into the discipline discussion because all I would have done would have been SPECULATE. I chose a thread of the debate that I had hard evidence on. Let me however point out that club playing time will not always win you a place in the national team be it in Zambia or France as Patrice Evra will atest to. Again, I havent given my opinion as to whether Fwayo should be called or not.

  19. Ramon Kahalehoe on Thu, 1st Nov 2012 5:16 pm 

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  20. Nathan on Thu, 1st Nov 2012 10:57 pm 

    So for you guys who have watched Mukuka Mulenga from Power Dynamos,how good is he? I have read a lot about him but haven’t had a chance to watch him. And is there any latest on Evans Kangwa and the PSV links?

    Hope Mayuka gets more and more playing time,its good for Chipolopolo!!

  21. Nathan on Thu, 1st Nov 2012 10:58 pm 

    So for you guys who have watched Mukuka Mulenga from Power Dynamos,how good is he? I have read a lot about him but haven’t had a chance to watch him. And is there any latest on Evans Kangwa and the PSV links?
    Hope Mayuka gets more and more playing time,its good for Chipolopolo!!