South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns have made an inquiry about the availability of exciting Zambian teenage midfielder Mukuka Mulenga, named his country’s best player last week
It follows an impressive international debut for the 19-year-old when he came on as a substitute last month during the African champions’ 1-0 away win over Bafana Bafana in a friendly at Soccer City in Johannesburg.
Mulenga’s Zambian club Power Dynamos confirmed they had discussions with Sundowns over the player’s future.
Mulenga, nicknamed ‘Deco’ by the fans, was last week named as the Zambian Footballer of the Year for 2012 and had previously been touted as a big star for the future by coach Herve Renard.
“The first time I saw him he completely mesmerized me. He is full of skills and tricks and holds the ball smoothly like a man caressing a lady,” said the Frenchman.
Mulenga scored 10 goals for Dynamos, who finished second in the Zambia Super League this year and also played for Zambia’s under-20 team in African Youth Championship qualifiers.
Sundowns are South African football’s richest club but have not much success with recent signings from other African countries.Players like Emmanuel Baffour, Mumumi Abubaker, Solomon Okpako and Simba Sithole have all failed to make the grade over the last 12 months.