Knowledge Musona’s woes in the Bundesliga continued on Saturday after he was once again placed on the substitute bench in his team TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s 1-1 draw away to Werder Bremen.
The 21-year-old former Aces Youth Academy and Kaizer Chiefs striker was introduced in the 71st minute when his team was leading from a Jannik Vestergaard first-half strike. They conceded a last-minute equaliser.
It was Musona’s 12th appearance since moving to the Bundesliga team last July, with 11 of those coming in as a substitute.
He has scored just once, a winner in his side’s 2-1 victory over FC Cologne in a German Cup second round encounter in October last year.
There was some hope since the club had changed coaches Musona would begin to get more game time.
Hoffenheim signed coach Markus Babbel to replace Holger Stanislawski who was sacked after the team’s surprise German Cup quarter-final exit.
However, it was the same old story for the Warriors star as he was introduced with only 19 minutes remaining on the match.
Musona’s lack of game time will be a major concern for interim coach Rahman Gumbo as he prepares for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) preliminary round clash away to Burundi in two weeks.
Gumbo on Saturday named a 24-man squad that will do battle in Bujumbura, and with 82 senior national team players suspended due to links to the Asiagate scandal, Musona was one of few faces spared the chop.
He, alongside Tapuwa Kapini, Tapiwa Khumbuyani, Tinashe Nengomasha, Denver Mukamba, Archford Gutu, Esrom Nyandoro, Vusa Nyoni and Quincy Antipas, are the only players who took part in last year’s failed Afcon campaign who have been retained.
Musona was the leading goalscorer for the Warriors in that campaign.