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Luchanga joins Power Dynamos

NATIONAL team striker Conlyde Luchanga (left) and midfielder Isaac Chansa battle during training at Miller Ground in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA

MWILA NTAMBI, Kitwe & ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
LUSAKA Dynamos international striker Conlyde Luchanga has joined Power Dynamos on a two-year loan.
Prior to moving to Kitwe, Luchanga, 18, attracted interest from Mozambican side Ferroviaro de Beira and Super Division champions Zesco United.
Luchanga’s move to Zesco fell through after the Ndola outfit rejected to meet Dynamos’ US$10,000 (about K110,000) transfer fee.
Power secretary Ricky Mamfunda confirmed the teenage striker’s transfer in an interview in Kitwe yesterday.
“We have concluded discussions with Lusaka Dynamos and the outcome is fruitful. The boy [Luchanga] is joining Power Dynamos on a two-year loan deal,” he said.
Mamfunda is happy Luchanga has finally joined the six-time Super Division champions.
“We are glad that the boy is joining us. We strongly believe that Power Dynamos is the best club for him to advance his career,” he said.
Power finished third on the Super Division log last season with 57 points, 10 behind champions Zesco United.
He thanked the Dynamos executive led by Mofya Chisala for handling the negotiations in a conducive atmosphere.
Meanwhile, Zanaco midfielder Charles Zulu has been invited for trials at French Ligue 2 side FC Sochaux and will miss the 2016 Rwanda African Nations Championship.
Zulu, who is expected to leave for France on January 7, will also attend trials at another second division outfit Nantes.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder attended trials at Spanish La Liga sides Elche and Espanyol in May this year but was not successful.
Zanaco chairperson Edward Mutale confirmed the development in Lusaka yesterday.
“Charles Zulu has been invited by FC Sochaux to attend trials for two weeks. He will also attend trials at Nantes. We have now started working on his visa because he is supposed to leave the country on January 7,” Mutale said.
He is confident Zulu will impress the two French teams.
“Almost every successful African player started his career in France. Some of the best players that Africa has produced have their roots in France. Players like George Weah and Didier Drogba all started their careers in that country.
“It is up to Charles [Zulu] to put in more effort during the trials. This is a life time opportunity because every young African player dreams of playing in Europe,” Mutale said.
Zulu had a successful season scoring five goals helping the bankers finish second on the Super Division log and secure a slot for the 2016 Confederation Cup.
Chipolopolo defender Stopilla Sunzu, midfielder Nathan Sinkala and striker Emmanuel Mayuka had a stint at Sochaux in 2013 under former Zambia coach Herve Renard.
Sunzu features for French Ligue 1 side FC Lille, Mayuka is with Ligue 2 outfit FC Metz while Sinkala turns up for TP Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo.

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