Emmanuel Mayuka - International Career

International Career

He was part of the class of 2007 under-20s which included Fwayo Tembo, Clifford Mulenga, Sebastian Mwansa, William Njovu, Stophira Sunzu, Joseph Zimba, Rogers Kola, Jacob Banda, Nyambe Mulenga and Dennis Banda. He was the youngest player at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the only school boy in the team. Despite not scoring there, many soccer pundits and fans acknowledged his contribution to one of the finest youth squads in Zambian football history.

Mayuka was not part of the U-20s that participated earlier that year at the African Youth Cup in Congo (where Zambia finished fourth) but, in the first game against Jordan, he was picked in the starting lineup, and remained such for the other two group stage matches and the round-of-16 clash with Nigeria.

Mayuka debuted for the senior side in the 2007 COSAFA Cup, scoring the second goal in a 3–0 rout of Mozambique. Mayuka scored the first goal for Zambia of 2012 Africa Cup of Nations which was score again by his team mate Rainford Kalaba second goal in the game with Zambia earning a victory against Senegal. In the same tournament, he scored against Libya in the group stage, and then he scored the winner in a famous 1-0 victory over Ghana in the semifinals, therefore leading Zambia into the finals. He then played all 120 minutes against Ivory Coast in Zambia's Penalty Shootout Victory against Ivory Coast.

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