Sakala shrugs off interest from Saudi pro club, Al Ettifaq, to stay with Al Fayha until 2026


Chipolopolo forward Fashion Sakala has agreed to a contract extension with Saudi Pro League club, Al Fayha, keeping him at the club until 2026.

Sakala, who joined Al Fayha from Scottish club Rangers in August 2023 on a two-year deal with an option for an extension, has now committed to an additional year.

The club announced the extension through a statement on their official X (formerly Twitter) account.

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“The Al Fayha Club Board of Directors, led by Dr Tawfiq Saleh Almodihem, has completed the procedures to extend the contract of professional player Fashion Sakala Junior with the first team for an additional season until 2026,” the statement read.

Al Fayha, finishing ninth in the league last season, emphasized that the decision to extend Sakala’s contract aimed to strengthen the team further.

The statement highlighted Sakala’s satisfaction with staying in Saudi Arabia and his commitment to contributing positively to the team’s goals.

Sakala had an impressive debut season with Al Fayha, scoring 22 goals and providing 9 assists in 40 matches across all competitions.

Despite interest from Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq, managed by his former coach at Rangers, Steven Gerrard, Sakala’s contract extension with Al Fayha rules out any potential move.

The extension comes after Sakala was controversially omitted from the Chipolopolo squad by coach Avram Grant for recent FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Morocco and Tanzania, both resulting in defeats.

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