Tanzania giants Azam FC have announced the signing of Zambian international Rodger Kola on a two-year deal, Felele247.com.ng understands.
Azam FC made the announcement Monday morning after all necessary paperwork have been finalized by the player’s representative and Azam FC.
A statement was made available by Azam FC about the signing “We are happy to inform you that we have signed a two-year contract with an international striker of Zambia, Rodgers Kola, for free registration from Zanaco.
The experienced striker, tall and big shape, has signed a contract before the Chief Executive Officer, Abdulkarim Amin ‘Popat’, which will make him last in the Azam Complex members until 2023.
Kola is coming to add strength to our attack line, starting next season 2021/2022” the statement reads
According to the player agent Nir Karin was also present at his player’s unveiling Karin, he scored 14 goals in all competitions in the colour Zanaco FC.
Born in Lusaka. He signed for Russia’s PFC Spartak Nalchik in July 2008 but could not link up with his teammates in Russia due to visa problems. Because of this, he returned to Zanaco in Zambia.
Kola successfully scored 2 goals at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and caught the eye of many European Clubs. He also scored 2 goals in a practice match against the Zambia National U-20 Football team and another 2 against a German side in another practice match.
In 2009, he moved to Israel to play in Hapoel Bnei Lod who plays in the second division in Israel, a year later he moved to Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion from the same division.
In 2011, he started playing for the Israeli team F.C. Ashdod. Over there, he scored 7 goals in 31 games.
On 8 May 2012, it was announced that Kola would start playing in Belgium for the team K.A.A. Gent.
In January 2014, Kola returned to Israel and signed with Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona. On January 28, he scored his first goal for the club against Hapoel Ironi Acre in the 8th round of the Israel State Cup. Kola scored against Beitar Jerusalem in the quarter-finals match and in the semi-final match versus Hapoel Be’er Sheva and eventually won the Israeli State Cup. This was the first Israeli State Cup title Hapoel Kiryat Shmona ever won.
On 25 July 2015, Kola, was loaned to the Greek club Veria, for one year. Kola made his debut on 12 September 2015 in a 0–3 home defeat against PAOK where he had a few chances to scorer with headers though Robin Olsen stopped him twice.