STRIKER Emmanuel Mayuka was on target for FC Sochaux but his goal could not save coach Herve Renard from suffering a humiliating 5-1 defeat away to Toulouse in a French Lique 1 match played at the weekend.
With Renard yet to record a win in his six games since taking over the struggling French side, the story is different for Mayuka, who seems to be settling down well scoring three successive goals for the bottom side that has managed only one win in 15 matches.
Sochaux stunned the home crowd taking a seventh minute goal through Mayuka who turned in Sebastian Corchia’s pass to drive past Ali Ahamada in the Toulouse goal to give the visitors a dream start.
But Wissan Ben Yedder levelled matters for the home side in the 28th minute and registered a brace at the stroke of half time to give Toulouse the lead.
Pantxi Sirieix extended Toulouse lead in the 47th minute before Yedder got his hat-trick scoring a penalty in the 62nd minute and Lionel Zouma made ensure of the result in extra time netting in an own goal.
Sochaux are rock bottom with eight points having won once, drawn five and lost nine matches and scored 13 goals against 30 while Toulouse moved up to 11th place on 19 points.
Going into the weekend match, Renard poured praise on Mayuka, who is on a season long from English side Southampton, saying the Chipolopolo striker will be the one to save Sochaux from getting relegated at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, it was a bad weekend for the Chipolopolo trio of Nathan Sinkala, Stoppila Sunzu and Rainford Kalaba who played in TP Mazembe’s 2-1 but lost 3-2 on aggregate to Tunisian side CS Sfaxien in the CAF Confederations Cup final.
Striker Given Singuluma was the other Zambian that played in the second leg final while defender Stoppila Sunzu was out injured.
In the South Africa ABSA Premiership league, striker Collins Mbesuma, who scored the lone goal in Orlando Pirates win over Maritzburg United in midweek, failed to make the starting 11 coming off the bench in the 80th minute in the 3-2 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic.