KNOWLEDGE Musona has been rated as one of the “newest shiners” in the Germany top-flight football league despite his Augsburg team struggling to find its footing in the Bundesliga.
Report by Henry Mhara
An online football magazine, Hard Tackle, which analyses all top European clubs, has published an article rating Warriors striker Musona and Guinea midfielder Ibrahima Traore as the two finest young players currently playing in the Bundesliga. Musona is on loan from Hoffenheim while Traore plays for Stuttgart.
In an article titled “Ibrahima Traore and Knowledge Musona: Bundesliga’s Newest Shiners”, Hard Tackle noted: “At Augsburg, Musona has been used as a right-winger — a position fairly alien to him. Yet, this young lad has been the only bright spark in an otherwise woeful start to the season for Markus Weinzierl and his Augsburg side. Ever since his injury earlier this season, Musona has almost single-handedly kept the Augsburg train running and his top performance came against Werder Bremen a couple of weeks ago. Coincidentally, it was Augsburg’s only win this season. The one aspect of Musona’s game that is still under par is his finishing. The converted winger is yet to score in the Bundesliga and has just one goal to his name in an Augsburg shirt. The pacy winger has so much more to offer to the German football fraternity.”
Augsburg are at the foot of the Bundesliga with only six points from 12 matches. The team fell 4-2 away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and the Zimbabwean did not take part in the match.
“Both Musona and Traore are going to be immensely influential to their sides’ aspirations this season and will probably be hoping to rise to even greater heights after this season. With Hoffenheim and Augsburg struggling, Musona might well decide to move to one of the Bundesliga’s bigger clubs and there is no doubt that he would be welcomed by most. Keep a close watch on these speedy, energetic and highly-talented wingers,” read another excerpt from the article.
Speaking to Bundesliga.com, Musona said good times were coming and vowed Augsburg would not be relegated.
“In Augsburg, I have the chance to play regularly and I want to pay the club back with good performances. I want to help the club avoid relegation in what is always a difficult second year in the Bundesliga. Personally, I hope to continue playing frequently so I can improve as a player,” said Musona.
“It’s frustrating when you give everything in every game and don’t get rewarded for your efforts, but we still believe in our strength and we’re optimistic that we’ll be able to leave the foot of the table with a combined team effort,” he added.
For most of the Zimbabwean players abroad, it is the Mamelodi Sundowns duo of Esrom Nyandoro and Nyasha Mushekwi who had the brightest of weekends. The Brazilians qualified for the Telkom Knockout Cup final after beating SuperSport 1-0 on Saturday night.
Nyandoro was substituted on 75 minutes while Nyasha Mushekwi came in with four minutes remaining. Also rejoicing over the weekend was Bradley Pritchard who helped his English championship side Charlton Athletic to a 1-0 win away at Burnley on Saturday.
Pritchard, as usual, was in the starting line-up for the team which is fighting for promotion into the highly-rated Barclays English Premiership. In contrast, Onismor Bhasera’s Plymouth Argyle were handed a 3-0 drubbing by Fleetwood Town as the team fights for survival in the English third-tier division.
Ovidy Karuru and Vusa Nyoni were also on the receiving end in Belgium. Karuru played the last 22 minutes for OH Leuven as they fell 3-1 to Mons while Nyoni played the whole match for Beerschot as they also fell 1-0 away to Lokeren. Noel Kaseke played for just 34 minutes and was substituted as his Alki side were held to a goalless draw by Olympiakos in Cyprus. Quincy Antipas’ Danish club Brondby was held to a 2-2 draw at home by Esbjerg with the Warriors winger playing the entire match.