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Sakuwaha joins Lorient

by Kennedy Gondwe
BBC Sport, Lusaka

Zambian international Jonas Sakuwaha
Jonas Sakuwaha is looking forward to starting his new life in France

Zambian winger Jonas Sakuwaha has joined French first division side Lorient on a one year deal.

The 26-year-old who played for Zambian champions Zesco United moves to France after impressing during a week's trial.

He becomes the sixth Zambian player ever to play in France.

Sakuwaha, who was voted among the 11 best players at the inaugural African Nations Championship in February, told BBC Sport he was excited at the prospect of moving to France.

"It feels nice because this is my first time to sign a professional contract overseas," he said.

"My aim is to work hard and make everyone proud."

In fact, before clinching the Lorient deal, Sakuwaha was also being pursued by Sudanese giants El-Merreikh and Al-Hilal.

Ironically, the Sudanese spotted him when he scored a hat-trick for Zesco in an African Champions League tie against El-Merreikh.

But he says he chose France over Sudan because of the two countries' difference in the standards of football.

"The standard of football in France is higher than in Sudan," he noted.

"I am now looking forward to meeting my new friends and starting a new life in France."

But he could not hide the pain of leaving Zesco at a time when they are fighting to qualify to the semi-final of the Caf Champions league.

"I really feel bad because I have been with Zesco for a long time," he said of a club that has made history by becoming the first outfit from Zambia to qualify to the group stage of the competition.

"But I am sure they will move on without me.

"I believe my move is not only good for me but the development of Zambia's football as well."



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