Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic believes that newly signed Augustine Mulenga will be an asset to the club.
The Buccaneers beat Egypian football powerhouse Al Ahly, Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca and unnamed European teams for the highly-rated forward's signature during the recent January transfer window.
Speaking to Times Live, former Uganda and Rwanda coach Sredojevic said that he had followed Mulenga’s career closely.
“I belong to those people on the continent who not only love African football but also witness how kids are growing on our continent. And I remember him when he was with Nkwazi FC‚ and have seen how he played in the Champions League with Zanaco," Sredojevic said.
“I have followed him‚ even when he has had the hardest thing in his life when Zambia played Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier. I don’t know whether you have read this – God forbid he lost a kid‚ a daughter," he continued.
Mulenga lost his daughter while he was playing in an away Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in Uyo in October last year.
The 28-year-old, who is a midfielder-come-striker, was only told after the game which ended 1-0 in favour of Nigeria.
“He had many destinations to chose from. I know clubs in France wanted him‚ clubs in North Africa. But he chose to come to us. We are welcoming him in our family. And the Orlando Pirates football family has a very accommodative big space and big heart for everyone," Micho added.
“And we expect that with the amount of talent shown in the last match where he played against Ivory Coast in Chan‚ that South African football lovers are looking to see something in that fashion. His arrival as the best player from Zambia at present is an asset to our (SA) football‚ and asset to us as a team. And we are looking that he will add value to the team," the Serb concluded.
Mulenga, who was part of the Zambia squad at the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) finals in Morocco, is yet to make his debut for Pirates as he still resolving his paperwork.
The 2017 Zambian Footballer of the Year scored three goals for Chipolopolo during the continetal tournament which was won by hosts, Morocco.