ZIMBABWE international Knowledge Musona is a wanted man back at South African football champions Kaizer Chiefs as the marksman starts preparations today for the Warriors 2014 World Cup qualifier against Egypt set for Sunday.
Report by Tawanda Tafirenyika
Last week, Musona rekindled his love with his former academy Aces, where he had a workout to keep fit.
But reports emanating from South Africa yesterday indicate that Chiefs are still in love with their player, who returns to Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim after a loan spell at FC Augsburg.
He has endured a difficult period during his stay in Germany, fuelling speculation he might make a return to South Africa.
According to Kick Off, Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby “Bob Steak” Motaung said they would welcome the Zimbabwean striker back to the club.
“He is my baby. I would love to have him back, but unfortunately he is contracted to a German team. He is in Europe where it is high-level, but if he is available I will definitely have him back,” Bob Steak said.
Musona is, however, understood to be still keen to continue his career in Europe.
The Warriors chief striker is already in the country as Zimbabwe prepares for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Egypt at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
The Warriors went into camp last night and are expected to start training this morning for the clash against the Pharaohs.
Warriors team manager Shariff Mussa said yesterday they were expecting all players to troop in last night with training set to start today.
“We are expecting all players to be in camp this evening (yesterday). The technical team decided to start training on Tuesday (today) as most local-based players were playing for their respective teams on Sunday. Most of them needed to travel long distances after their matches so we decided to give them time to travel,” Mussa said.
Warriors coach Klaus Dieter Pagels has named a 25-man squad consisting of home and foreign-based players to prepare for the World Cup qualifier which gives him a good opportunity to assess his playing personnel as he builds a team for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Pagels retained the bulk of players who took part in the first leg in Alexandria with Maritzburg United striker Cuthbert Malajila the only major change to the squad. Chicken Inn defender Felix Chindungwe, Hwange defender Eric Chipeta and Dynamos midfielder Devon Chafa are the other additions to the squad.
Kaizer Chiefs forward Mathew Rusike and Supersport United striker Simba Sithole, who missed the first leg owing to injuries, are also back in the squad.
Zimbabwe lost 1-2 to Egypt in the first leg in Alexandria on March 26, to extinguish their slim chances of making it to last qualifying round of the global soccer showcase. Musona scored the only goal for Pagels’ men with a goal of supreme quality.
The Warriors were left at the foot of the table in their group with just a single point after managing a 0-0 draw against Mozambique.
Egypt top the group with nine points followed by Guinea with four and Mozambique — also with one point — are placed third on the table.
The Pharaohs will be looking to collect three points to seal a ticket to the final qualifying round.