Lusaka, Zambia, December 04: Zambian soccer star, Jackson Mwanza has clinched a two-year deal with Thailand second division side, Ubon UMT United Football Club.
Zesco United FC secretary, Justine Mumba where Mwanza was plying his trade locally confirmed the player move to the Asian country but declined to give details about the transfer fee.
“Jackson Mwanza is going to Thailand, it’s a two-year deal, everything has been done,” he said.
The Asian continental countries which had for decades not have had any whiff of the beautiful game have become a popular destination for some of African soccer players seeking professional career.
The decision by Mwanza to put his signature on the dotted lines comes against Zambia Football Association (FAZ) chief, Kalusha Bwalya recent appeal to soccer players in his country.
The legendary Zambian soccer star who played in Holland and Mexico leagues advised players in his country not sign every professional deal offered by foreign clubs but instead focus on ambitious targets.
“Sometimes we want to say to the players be patient. Not every door that opens you have to go in .You have to have a goal,” Bwalya advised.
Among the achievements the 28-year-old striker made in his homeland was the clinching of 2014 FAZ/MTN golden boot award after netting 15 goals.
This season he banged eight goals before facing a two weeklong suspension after violating camp rules a alongside two of his team mates.
Mwanza allegedly brought alcohol in the camp when the team was preparing for Barclays Cup quarter finals against Nkhwazi FC.
In his international professional, Mwanza had a spell with South Africa’s University of Pretoria Football Club and Sudanese soccer giants El Merreik.