Fit-again Warriors midfielder Cephas Chimedza has relaunched his soccer career by signing for top-flight Belgian Jupiler League side Westerlo after a seven-month injury lay-off.
Chimedza, whose contract with another Belgian side Sint Truiden expired at the end of last season, was expecting to join Dutch side Feyenoord but his ambitions were dealt a hammer blow by a career-threatening knee injury and he had to go under the knife in May last year.
The former Caps United and Dynamos midfielder has now fully recovered from the injury and has started training with his new team-mates at Westerlo where he penned a one-and-a-half year deal last week.
“I am now fully fit and have started full training,” said Chimedza.
“It has been a difficult period for me on the sidelines but I am happy I have recovered now. I am just working hard to get match fitness so that I can start playing in the first team.
“I am pleased with the contract that I signed and I am looking forward to getting back to my best.”
Since joining the Belgian league, Chimedza, who is also known to play as a fullback and on the left side of the midfield back home, was reinvented for a defensive link position where he has gained himself respect attracting interest from more lucrative leagues.
The 26-year-old has not lost hope of moving to bigger European leagues in the future but is mainly focused on doing well for his new team and regaining his place in the Warriors set-up.
He has 26 caps.
He remains hopeful that Dutch side Feyenoord will revive their interest in him once he proves his fitness and form.
Of immediate concern to him is his wish to lead his new side to a European place, with the Europa League more realistic now as Westerlo trail log leaders Anderlecht by 25 points.
Westerlo are currently placed 11th just above Saint Truiden who trail by five points in the 16-team league.
Meanwhile, another Warriors midfielder Vusa Nyoni will have to contend with a new technical set-up after relegation-haunted Germinal Beerschot recently fired their coach Glen de Boeck and replaced him with Jacky Mathijssen.
Nyoni and his teammates, whose side is 14th on the 16- team log, left for a mid-season break to Malta on Sunday and play Sliema Wanderers in an international club friendly this afternoon.
Another Zimbabwean in the same league Honour Gombami, who turns out for Cercle Brugge, is still out injured and is only expected to resume training later this month.
Cercle are ninth on the log.