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Musona survives, Katsande praised


WARRIORS striker Knowledge Musona is assured of top flight football in the German Bundesliga next season.

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The Warriors striker was on a season loan at Augsburg, and after the side survived relegation on the last day of the season with a 3-1 home win over Greuther Furth, Musona is assured of Bundesliga football if he decides to extend his stay at the club.

His parent club TSG Hoffenheim also escaped automatic relegation, after shocking Uefa champions league finalists Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on the final day of the season on Saturday, to drop into the relegation play-offs.

In South Africa, Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has picked out the players he thought made this biggest contribution at Amakhosi this season.

Baxter lifted the Premiership trophy with his team on Saturday, and told the Chiefs’ official website that he was pleased to oversee the players develop into a strong group over the course of the season.

“I think the players were different and responded quickly on our tactics,” he said.
“The team showed character and different players showed their mantle in different stages of the season.”

The coach named Zimbabwe international Willard Katsande, Tefu Mashamaite, Bernard Parker and Itumeleng Khune as some of the players that stood out for him.

“I remember watching Willard Katsande at FNB where we had a friendly match coming into the last 20 minutes where we were leading 2-0 and he made a poor tackle, nearly injuring the opponent badly.

“I thought he was rushing and unreliable, but as the season went he came well. He is easily the best central midfielder in the country.

“We brought Morgan Gould and (Mulomowandau) Mathoho but Morgan got injured; Tefu came in and did very well. He was the difference in many of the games and I think if it was not for him we would be maybe sixth in the League table. He deserves his call-up to Bafana Bafana and we are all pleased for him.”

Baxter  added: “Tefu of course played in front of Khune easily the best goalkeeper in the continent and one of the best in the world. He also played alongside Tsepo Masilela and Siboniso Gaxa who chipped in with crucial goals.

“Bernard Parker was outstanding not only for his goals but for the way he worked his socks off the whole season. Bernard is Bernard, he likes to get involved and at some games he tried to do too much.”

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