ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
SOUTH Africaâ€™s National First Division side AmaZulu have completed the transfer of Green Buffaloes midfielder Allan Mukuka for 200,000 rands.
Mukuka will link up with compatriot Bornwell Mwape.
Buffaloes chairman Andrew Siame said at a press briefing in Lusaka on Friday that Mukuka would leave the country today to start his one-year contract with the Durban-based club.
â€œHe has joined them [AmaZulu] on a one year deal and if the club wins promotion to the Premiership, we will sit down and negotiate for another deal or an outright purchase,â€ Siame said.
AmaZulu were relegated last season.
â€œWe have concluded the negotiation with AmaZulu. We are happy with the offer that we have been given. We are releasing the player with our blessings. The Zambia Army command is also happy that the player has joined AmaZulu,â€ Siame said.
He refuted media reports that the club was blocking Mukukaâ€™s move to AmaZulu.
â€œPeople must understand that Mukuka is a military man, he is employed by the Zambia Army. It is therefore important that the procedure is followed. We do not block players,â€ Siame said.
He also said the club has signed four players to beef up the squad.
â€œWe have already found Mukukaâ€™s replacement. We have signed Brian Mwila, a striker, and Morgan Kanjolo, a defender from Indeni, and Mumbi Mweene a midfielder from African Youth, Development Academy in South Africa,â€ Siame said.
And Mukuka thanked the club for releasing him.
â€œI will work hard so that I can cement my position in the Zambia national soccer team,â€ he said.
And Buffaloes coach Bilton Musonda urged Mukuka to remain disciplined.
And club skipper Christopher Katongo was officially unveiled as a Buffaloes player.
Katongo said the club wants to perform well in the Barclays Cup.
Buffaloes face Power Dynamos in the Barclays Cup quarter-finals.
ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka