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  Wednesday, 28 August, 2002, 13:51 GMT 14:51 UK
Gift for Russia
Gift Kampamba
Kampamba was one of the stars of the Fifa World Youth Championship
Sundowns' duo of Zambian midfielder Gift Kampamba and South African defender Matthew Booth have completed moves to Russian club FC Rostselmash.

Kampamba said he was delighted with his four year contract.

"I have always prayed for a move to Europe and my prayers have been answered, " said the 24-year-old, without disclosing the transfer fee.

  Premier League
13. Torpedo ZIL P21 GD-8 Pts20
14. Rostselmash P21 GD-21 Pts19
15. Anji Mak'ala P22 GD-19 Pts17
16. Sokol Saratov P21 GD-12 Pts 13
Kampamba added he is not afraid of havnig to cope with the harsh Russian winter.

"It was hot when I went for trials, but I will cope. Russia is just the starting point for me. I'll work hard to break in bigger leagues."

Rostselmash are in the Russian premier division, and are currently third from bottom with two-thirds of the season played.

They are threatened with relegation, and have the worst goal difference in the league.

Kampamba's move threatens his involvement in Zambia's Nations Cup qualifier against Sudan over the weekend of 6-8 September.

The player said he wanted to settle in at his new club before answering national calls, and ensure they survive relegation.

Matthew Booth
A knee injury kept Booth out of the World Cup
Despite a question mark over his availability, Zambian FA general-secretary Paul Simukoko said he was pleased with the move.

It's always good when our players progress because the country also benefits, said Simukoko.

"This is a good stepping stone for him."

Meanwhile Booth has finally secured his move to Europe after two failed attempts to join the English league, with West Ham and Wimbledon.

The former under-23 captain and Bafana Bafana squad member will link up with the club over the next couple of days.

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