Striker, hasn't played for Southampton in 14 months, scores on international duty

St Marys Southampton

Emmanuel Mayuka has scored for Zambia on international duty.

Southampton snapped up Zambian Emmanuel Mayuka back in 2012 for an undisclosed fee from Young Boys Bern, believed to be in the region of around £3 million.

What they had with this signature was a lightning fast striker who had recently shone for his nation in an African Cup of Nations triumph.

Mayuka was one of the young stars of that side and Southampton beat off a host of sides to tie him down to a new deal.

But it has not been smooth sailing since his arrival.

Mayuka played 11 times in the Premier League in his debut season, most of the time as a substitute, and failed to score. He did notch a goal for the club until he scored against Barnsley in the League Cup in August 2013.

That remains his only goal for the club. He has not featured for Southampton this term, after spending last season on loan at French side Sochaux - for whom he scored four times in 21 appearances.

For players like Mayuka then the international break is probably a welcome sight. He is still a regular for his country and yesterday he helped move them closer to Morocco 2015.

He scored the second goal as Zambia romped to a 3-0 home win against Niger.

That result puts the Chipolopolo just three points behind Mozambique in second place - while Cape Verde have already qualified with two wins form three games.

Mayuka will be called upon again by his nation in November, as they take on Mozambique in a crunch qualifier.

Unfortunately there does not seem to be any video evidence of his strike doing the rounds, but it is good to know that below the already excellent first-team attacking options Ronald Koeman has at his disposal - a hungry striker is just waiting for his chance.

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