ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka and MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe
ZAMBIAN striker Emmanuel Mayuka has been released by Egyptian side Zamalek.
Mayuka and nine others are set to leave the Cairo giants at the end of the season.
Zamalek were eliminated from the CAF Champions League group stage after finishing third behind USM Alger of Algeria and Libyan side Al Ahli Tripoli.
USM Alger and Al Ahli Tripoli advanced to the quarter-finals.
Club chairman Mortada Mansour said: “A lot of players don’t deserve to wear Zamalek’s shirt. I think 10 players will leave the team this summer.”
According to Kingfut.com, Mansour said he is the one who rates players.
He said a number of players were performing below par.
Defender Eslam Gamal, midfielder Mostafa Fathi, strikers Ahmed Gafaar, Stanley Ohawuchi and Ali Fathi are other players that have been released.
Mayuka moved to the White Knights in January 2016 on a permanent deal from French Ligue 2 club Metz, penning a three and a half-year deal.
He joined Metz in 2015 from English Premiership outfit Southampton, where he spent three seasons but failed to impress.
Mayuka’s deal with Zamalek was scheduled to expire in 2019.
He has had stints with French outfit Sochaux, Swiss side Young Boys and Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
In January this year, Zamalek fined Mayuka US$50,000 (about K500,000) for being absent without official leave.
Mayuka was part of the national team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 finishing as joint top scorer with three goals alongside compatriot Christopher Katongo and Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba.
Meanwhile, Power Dynamos midfielder Fwayo Tembo has gone absent without official leave (AWOL).
Fwayo, who is believed to be heading for trials in Sweden, has been missing from training this week prompting chief executive officer Ricky Mamfunda to declare him AWOL.
Mamfunda said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the club is disappointed at Fwayo’s behaviour and will not hesitate to report him and his handlers to FIFA for abrogating the contract.
“This is unprofessional on his part. As Power Dynamos, we are quite disappointed that he wants to hold the club at ransom and we will not fall for that.
“He has a running contract; he should not be behaving like that. He has not reported for training this week and we have information that he is being courted in Sweden. There was no official communication whatsoever.
“But we also hear he is in Mtendere [Lusaka]. Regardless of where he is, the matter is absent without official leave because he has not reported for work,” Mamfunda said.
Fwayo joined Power last season as a free agent on a two-year deal after he was declared surplus to requirement at Romanian club Astra FC.
At the middle of last season, he trekked to Israel on loan but the deal was terminated three weeks later before returning to Arthur Davies Stadium.
“He has to be a little more grateful to the club and follow correct procedure. We offered him a lifeline last year when his Israel stint was terminated. It is sad that he is trying to repeat the same thing,” Mamfunda said.
When contacted, Fwayo declined to comment.