Saints lose Mayuka to African Cup of Nations

Saints' Mayuka is linking up with Zambia squad.

Saints' Mayuka is linking up with Zambia squad.

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

Saints striker Emmanuel Mayuka has left the club to link up with the Zambia squad ahead of the African Cup of Nations.

Zambia, like all other nations involved, have until January 9 to name their final squad, although it is a formality that Mayuka, the winner of the golden boot award at the 2012 tournament, will be included in it.

Mayuka, who signed for Saints from Swiss side Young Boys in August, made his first Premier League start in the 1-0 home defeat to Sunderland on December 22, but has not played since, finishing the club’s last four matches as an unused substitute.

So, while the 22-year-old’s absence will have an impact on the depth of Nigel Adkins’ squad for the next few weeks, it is not a debilitating loss. Mayuka is the only player Saints have who is affected by the mid-season tournament.

While the transfer window might be the primary cause of stress for a Premier League manager in January, the African Cup of Nations is also another major source of it.

This year’s tournament, running from January 19 to February 10 in South Africa, will again see a host of English-based players in action, meaning some clubs could be left short-handed for up to a month.

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7:48am Tue 8 Jan 13

Clever Dick says...

Won,t exactly be missed will he. Only notable thing he has done was getting the pen against Villa and the game was already over. Never took his chance when he got a start recenty. However he has obvious potential.A good African Nations cup might do him some good. One for the future methinks.
Won,t exactly be missed will he. Only notable thing he has done was getting the pen against Villa and the game was already over. Never took his chance when he got a start recenty. However he has obvious potential.A good African Nations cup might do him some good. One for the future methinks. Clever Dick
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7:52am Tue 8 Jan 13

Little Hitler says...

Absolutely the right thing for him to do, it's a win win situation really.
Absolutely the right thing for him to do, it's a win win situation really. Little Hitler
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8:29am Tue 8 Jan 13

Ganja Jungle says...

Best of luck know what team I will be cheering on.
Best of luck know what team I will be cheering on. Ganja Jungle
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8:35am Tue 8 Jan 13

Stroppy_gramps says...

Zambia mate like it says in the article.

I'll be watching - good opportunity for him to go and show what he can do and hopefully pick up another golden boot.

even though he hasn't had game time, I agree that he is one for the future and good to have in the squad.
Zambia mate like it says in the article. I'll be watching - good opportunity for him to go and show what he can do and hopefully pick up another golden boot. even though he hasn't had game time, I agree that he is one for the future and good to have in the squad. Stroppy_gramps
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8:53am Tue 8 Jan 13

Alicesdad says...

It gives him match practice and puts him back on show to demonstrate what he can do. Best of luck to him.
It gives him match practice and puts him back on show to demonstrate what he can do. Best of luck to him. Alicesdad
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9:03am Tue 8 Jan 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Wouldn't it be great if he has a blinder and we all clammer to have him in the team.
Wouldn't it be great if he has a blinder and we all clammer to have him in the team. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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9:39am Tue 8 Jan 13

Dickosfc says...

Good luck mayuka!! I've got a good feeling about you so just take those chances mate!!
Good luck mayuka!! I've got a good feeling about you so just take those chances mate!! Dickosfc
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12:29pm Tue 8 Jan 13

City Saint says...

How will we know the difference? Hope he comes back sharper.
How will we know the difference? Hope he comes back sharper. City Saint
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12:44pm Tue 8 Jan 13

mack chinnon says...

Hope he dosent get injured.
Hope he dosent get injured. mack chinnon
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12:46pm Tue 8 Jan 13

redsnapper says...

I wonder why Tarabat hasn,t been selected by Morocco.......



and something really smells about how Chelsea didnt bother to turn up against QPR last week , compared to the Chelsea that destroyed us in the Cup.

Double over Villa coming up!!!!
I wonder why Tarabat hasn,t been selected by Morocco....... and something really smells about how Chelsea didnt bother to turn up against QPR last week , compared to the Chelsea that destroyed us in the Cup. Double over Villa coming up!!!! redsnapper
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2:31pm Tue 8 Jan 13

City Saint says...

mack chinnon wrote:
Hope he dosent get injured.
True. But it's worth the risk. He was dreadful in his only home start of the year, against Sunderland.

He might be the so-called 68th best player in the world, but he was only the 22nd best player on the pitch that day.
[quote][p][bold]mack chinnon[/bold] wrote: Hope he dosent get injured.[/p][/quote]True. But it's worth the risk. He was dreadful in his only home start of the year, against Sunderland. He might be the so-called 68th best player in the world, but he was only the 22nd best player on the pitch that day. City Saint
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3:43pm Tue 8 Jan 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

Good luck to him.he might have won the golden boot last time round but for saints apart from his great performance in the 2nd half v spurs it has been more a case of cast iron clodhoppers.
Good luck to him.he might have won the golden boot last time round but for saints apart from his great performance in the 2nd half v spurs it has been more a case of cast iron clodhoppers. CB FRY LIVES
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4:39pm Tue 8 Jan 13

lowe esteem says...

To quote Johnny Nash-"there are more questions than answers"-and this geezer's another one of late, he's just muddied the waters (another great musician-see) as far as our striker dilemma goes.
Other questions at this time:
Why do we wear white shirts at home?
How can we lose 5-1 at home and rarely win by the same margin in the last 2 seasons? (Home or Away?)
Why do the Box office charge £1.50 PER TICKET for debit or credit card?
Why have we abandoned the red and white stripes?
How can we sing 'come on you reds'?
How do some 'experts' know that Hammond/ Sharp etc are 'not up to this League', yet de Ridder/Boruc/Gazzani
ga are considered?
Why the hell do we wear white shirts in a home game-who's idea was this?
If our central defenders are so good at hanball, why not put them in goal?
What is the stupid idea of wearing an 'away strip' at home-effectively capitulating before a ball is kicked?
Just because we have reached the 'PL' (read 'promised land' or 'premier league') why is all considered to be well?
Where are all the campaigning/influent
ual fans groups?
Did some players know they were off on some warm-weather jolly when they were strolling around St Mary's with my twenty-five quid of hard-earned? and lastly:
WTF was the point of those white leisure garments, and did anyone buy on the strength of this cynical marketing ploy? suggest next time some bottled urine in the Club shop?This is Victor Meldrew signing off.
To quote Johnny Nash-"there are more questions than answers"-and this geezer's another one of late, he's just muddied the waters (another great musician-see) as far as our striker dilemma goes. Other questions at this time: Why do we wear white shirts at home? How can we lose 5-1 at home and rarely win by the same margin in the last 2 seasons? (Home or Away?) Why do the Box office charge £1.50 PER TICKET for debit or credit card? Why have we abandoned the red and white stripes? How can we sing 'come on you reds'? How do some 'experts' know that Hammond/ Sharp etc are 'not up to this League', yet de Ridder/Boruc/Gazzani ga are considered? Why the hell do we wear white shirts in a home game-who's idea was this? If our central defenders are so good at hanball, why not put them in goal? What is the stupid idea of wearing an 'away strip' at home-effectively capitulating before a ball is kicked? Just because we have reached the 'PL' (read 'promised land' or 'premier league') why is all considered to be well? Where are all the campaigning/influent ual fans groups? Did some players know they were off on some warm-weather jolly when they were strolling around St Mary's with my twenty-five quid of hard-earned? and lastly: WTF was the point of those white leisure garments, and did anyone buy on the strength of this cynical marketing ploy? suggest next time some bottled urine in the Club shop?This is Victor Meldrew signing off. lowe esteem
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5:14pm Tue 8 Jan 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

lowe esteem wrote:
To quote Johnny Nash-"there are more questions than answers"-and this geezer's another one of late, he's just muddied the waters (another great musician-see) as far as our striker dilemma goes.
Other questions at this time:
Why do we wear white shirts at home?
How can we lose 5-1 at home and rarely win by the same margin in the last 2 seasons? (Home or Away?)
Why do the Box office charge £1.50 PER TICKET for debit or credit card?
Why have we abandoned the red and white stripes?
How can we sing 'come on you reds'?
How do some 'experts' know that Hammond/ Sharp etc are 'not up to this League', yet de Ridder/Boruc/Gazzani

ga are considered?
Why the hell do we wear white shirts in a home game-who's idea was this?
If our central defenders are so good at hanball, why not put them in goal?
What is the stupid idea of wearing an 'away strip' at home-effectively capitulating before a ball is kicked?
Just because we have reached the 'PL' (read 'promised land' or 'premier league') why is all considered to be well?
Where are all the campaigning/influent

ual fans groups?
Did some players know they were off on some warm-weather jolly when they were strolling around St Mary's with my twenty-five quid of hard-earned? and lastly:
WTF was the point of those white leisure garments, and did anyone buy on the strength of this cynical marketing ploy? suggest next time some bottled urine in the Club shop?This is Victor Meldrew signing off.
good post.it is ironic that after such a rubbish performance v chelsea,NA is going to reward the players with a mini break in sunny climes when either rounds 4 or 5 are played.
ok after that dire display last saturday they certainly need some hot fire in their bellies but i would make them train in full public gaze on southampton common during those 2 vacant weekends.the performance of many of them were criminal so they should be treated as same.PULL YOUR BOOTS UP LADS 3 POINTS AWAY AT VILLA ARE EXPECTED ON SATURDAY.
COYR
[quote][p][bold]lowe esteem[/bold] wrote: To quote Johnny Nash-"there are more questions than answers"-and this geezer's another one of late, he's just muddied the waters (another great musician-see) as far as our striker dilemma goes. Other questions at this time: Why do we wear white shirts at home? How can we lose 5-1 at home and rarely win by the same margin in the last 2 seasons? (Home or Away?) Why do the Box office charge £1.50 PER TICKET for debit or credit card? Why have we abandoned the red and white stripes? How can we sing 'come on you reds'? How do some 'experts' know that Hammond/ Sharp etc are 'not up to this League', yet de Ridder/Boruc/Gazzani ga are considered? Why the hell do we wear white shirts in a home game-who's idea was this? If our central defenders are so good at hanball, why not put them in goal? What is the stupid idea of wearing an 'away strip' at home-effectively capitulating before a ball is kicked? Just because we have reached the 'PL' (read 'promised land' or 'premier league') why is all considered to be well? Where are all the campaigning/influent ual fans groups? Did some players know they were off on some warm-weather jolly when they were strolling around St Mary's with my twenty-five quid of hard-earned? and lastly: WTF was the point of those white leisure garments, and did anyone buy on the strength of this cynical marketing ploy? suggest next time some bottled urine in the Club shop?This is Victor Meldrew signing off.[/p][/quote]good post.it is ironic that after such a rubbish performance v chelsea,NA is going to reward the players with a mini break in sunny climes when either rounds 4 or 5 are played. ok after that dire display last saturday they certainly need some hot fire in their bellies but i would make them train in full public gaze on southampton common during those 2 vacant weekends.the performance of many of them were criminal so they should be treated as same.PULL YOUR BOOTS UP LADS 3 POINTS AWAY AT VILLA ARE EXPECTED ON SATURDAY. COYR CB FRY LIVES
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5:53pm Tue 8 Jan 13

saintlysoul says...

Great news hopefully he'll be there until the end of the season!!!!!
Great news hopefully he'll be there until the end of the season!!!!! saintlysoul
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7:23am Wed 9 Jan 13

Southampton boy says...

So he's gone to African cup while he may get a game their as he is not getting a game with us my question is why not! and what about Tan Lee they are given a game in FA cup when they have not been playing and are expected to preform not going to happen will it and again we are looking to get some new faces but we are taking time in getting these players in when you look at the other teams around us they have there new faces in already and tgraining with the team???

Still this weekend we need to win so COYR's
So he's gone to African cup while he may get a game their as he is not getting a game with us my question is why not! and what about Tan Lee they are given a game in FA cup when they have not been playing and are expected to preform not going to happen will it and again we are looking to get some new faces but we are taking time in getting these players in when you look at the other teams around us they have there new faces in already and tgraining with the team??? Still this weekend we need to win so COYR's Southampton boy
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