Jacob Mulenga leaves FC Utrecht

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CHIPOLOPOLO striker Jacob Mulenga has parted ways with FC Utrecht after his five-year stay at the Dutch Eredivisie side.

Mulenga, arguably one of Zambia’s best representative in Europe and boasted of a good scoring rate in the Eredivisie, opted not to renew his five year contract that came to an end on the last day of the Dutch season.
Prior to joining Utrecht where he scored 45 goals in his 112 appearances for the club, Mulenga played for French Ligue 2 side Chateauroux.
Mulenga has also played for French club Strasbourg where he spent the 2007/2008 season on loan from Chateauroux whom he joined in 2003 from Zambian side, Afrisports.
But Mulenga’s stay at Utrecht saw his career faced with serious injuries that kept him out for long spells but fought hard to come back to full fitness and managed to score five goals in 16 appearances this season.
According to Utrecht official website, the 30-year-old is one of five players including coach Jan Wouters who will not be returning for the 2014/2015 season.
“Jacob Mulenga is one of the players on this long list who won’t be returning to the club next season including coach Jan Wouters who said his goodbye’s after the club last match.In 112 games, he scored 45 times.
“He also overcame some serious injuries during his stay and always fought back strongly,” Utrecht stated on its official site.
Mulenga likely destination might be England having been linked with possible moves to Swansea, Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic who may just rekindle their interest as towering striker becomes a free agent.
Chipolopolo coach Patrice Beaumelle is likely to include Mulenga when he names his team to play Japan in an international friendly on June 6, in the United States of America.

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