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Emmanuel Zoya begins Zambia trials

Nyasa Big Bullets’ versatile defender Emmanuel Zoya started his three-week trials with Zambia’s MTN/Faz Super Division giants, Red Arrows, Monday, but he faces stiff competition from other trialists.
Arrows Media Officer, Miko Kalimbwe, Monday confirmed that the former Civil Sporting Club captain arrived at the Lusaka army side on Saturday.
“We have just started our programme [Monday], and other guys from Cameroon and Zimbabwe have arrived as well [for the trials at Arrows’ home ground Woodlands Stadium],” he said in a telephone interview.
He was referring to trialists such as Zimbabweans Carrington Gumba, Ephraim Muzarura and Cameroonian Bissong Elvis.
The trials have also attracted Zambian players Josphat Kasuu, Chrispin Sakulanda, Chisenga Lukwembe and Justine Zulu.
Kalimbwe said it should not be surprising that they got wind of Zoya’s exploits in the just-ended TNM Super League season, which saw him emerge as a top scoring defender (six goals in all competitions).
“We follow each other’s leagues and we see what people do that side. And aren’t we neighbours? People that side tell us about players who are doing well. In fact, we also wanted to invite Righteous Banda [from Civil] but we understand that he has signed for Bullets,” Kalimbwe said.
Bullets Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Haiya, was not readily available for a comment yesterday, but the then Bullets general secretary, Albert Chigoga, confirmed Zoya’s trials.
Coached by former Zambia mentor Honor Janza, Arrows want to beef up their squad after struggling last season when they fininished on 10th position.
Buoyed by a relative strong economy, Zambia football is on the up as their national teams qualify and win regional and continental competitions such as the Cosafa cups and Africa Cup of Nations.

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