Hachilensa back home, weighing up options

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Hachilensa spent six months at the Finnish club last year after leaving Stars, but then returned at the end of the year.

“I did well at the club scoring on my debut and going on to help the club finish in mid-table after having found the team in relegation zone when I arrived.

“When I arrived we began to win games and I should say it was really a worthwhile experience since it was the first time that I was in Europe.

“The reason why I have not returned to the team is because they say that they don’t have the financial resources to keep me, especially since I now want a place where I can stay with my family. But I get a feeling that when they signed me initially, they were desperate because they wanted to survive and now feel like they can do without me.”

Hachilensa, who played at the recent Africa Cup of Nations with the Chipolopolo, has also just returned from a five day trial in Turkey with a Ukraine Second Division club, FC Spal.

“I didn’t sign because I am sure they didn’t like what I had to offer, so for now I am here back at home. I will sit down and think about what to do next because I don’t want to rush. But the good thing is that I am a free agent and can sign at any time, though I need to be playing competitively as I still want to be part of the national team when the qualifiers begin in June.

The 28-year-old played a crucial role in helping Stars gain promotion last season. He captained the team and played in 24 games.