Shonga Embarks on a New Journey with a Move to a Saudi Arabian Club
Zambian striker Justin Shonga has officially joined Najran SC, a second-tier football club in Saudi Arabia. The 27-year-old forward signed a short-term deal that runs until the end of the current season, with an option to extend for another season. Shonga’s transfer follows his departure from Georgian club Gagra last month, where he netted two goals in 16 appearances.
Najran SC, under the leadership of Hadi Al-Kalib, completed the acquisition and shared the news on social media. This move marks Shonga’s seventh club since 2017, with previous stints at Orlando Pirates in South Africa, where he made 46 appearances and scored 10 goals. Following his time with the Buccaneers, Shonga played for Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Cape Town City, tallying 5 goals in 22 matches.
The Zambian striker then ventured to Egypt to join Ismaily in 2021 before returning to South Africa in 2022 with Sekhukhune United. However, his stint at Sekhukhune United proved challenging, leading to his return home and a brief spell with Nkwazi before securing a move to Georgia.
Internationally, Shonga boasts a record of 16 goals for the Zambian national team. His journey through various clubs reflects his diverse football experience and the challenges he has faced in different football landscapes.