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Rowdies acquire forward Lucky Mkosana

After a trade with Louisville City FC, the former Rowdie likely will be eligible for Saturday’s home match.
Lucky Mkosana gets a cross by by Atlanta Blair Gavin Rowdies at home vs. Atlanta. (JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times)
Lucky Mkosana gets a cross by by Atlanta Blair Gavin Rowdies at home vs. Atlanta. (JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times)

Lucky Mkosana is returning to Al Lang Stadium.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced Friday that the club has acquired Mkosana in a trade with Louisville City FC. The Zimbabwean footballer signed with Louisville City in December, and he has tallied five goals in 16 appearances across all competitions this season.

Mkosana, 31, previously played for the Rowdies in 2013 and 2014. He scored four goals in his first stint with Tampa Bay before signing with the New York Cosmos in November 2014.

“It is hard to make your squad better at this stage in the season when the team has performed so well, but it says everything about Lucky that we believe he will make us stronger for the second half of the season," said Rowdies coach Neill Collins.

The Rowdies expect Mkosana to be eligible for Saturday night’s 8 p.m. home match against Ottawa Fury FC.

In exchange for Mkosana, the Rowdies are sending forward Antoine Hoppenot to Louisville. Hoppenot, 28, signed with the Rowdies in December and has recorded one goal in his 11 appearances across all competitions with the club.



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