COSTA Nhamoinesu is a name that is not very familiar with many local football followers.
Report by Henry Mhara
The left-back played for Masvingo United in 2005 before joining the now defunct Amazulu in the 2006-2007 season.
In those days, he was one of the best left-backs on the local scene, but he could not get the deserved recognition.
It was probably because he was not playing for the traditional giants such as Dynamos, Caps United or Highlanders.
But his immense and unquestionable talents would see him moving to Europe.
Starting at a Polish fifth-tier side KS Wisla Ustronianka in 2008, the 27-year-old spent just a season at the lowly club before moving to league side Zaglebie Lubin on a season loan.
After impressing the club, they signed him on a permanent basis the following season.
Nhamoinesu’s star performances for the club would see other big European clubs take note.
La Liga side Granada, as well as top clubs from Turkey and Russia were reportedly interested in the defender, but they were beaten to his signature by Czech Republic giants Sparta Prague who snapped him during the last transfer window.
Prague is not just an ordinary club.
This is a club that is famed for producing players such as Peter Cech, Arsenal’s Thomas Rosicky and Juventus legend Pavel Nedved.
The team is a permanent feature in the UEFA Champions League.
Nhamoinesu has quickly settled at this great club and has
featured and completed all the four games that his team has played this season. Prague has made a 100% winning start to the season.
“I came here to achieve my goals and I’m going to do as much as I can to make it. I know what kind of team Sparta is, that they are connected with success, and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it,” Nhamoinesu is quoted by the club’s website.
Nhamoinesu’s stoke continues to rise and we are all hoping that new Warriors coach Ian Gorowa, unlike the men before him, will consider this player for future national team duty.
Another player who is also doing well in Europe is Vusa Nyoni who has featured in all the three matches for his Belgian club Mons.
Although his club has collected just a point from those matches, the mere fact that he is getting game time should be good news to Gorowa who is trying to build a team for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
In contrast, Ovidy Karuru, who is also playing in the Belgian league, has not featured for his club this season.
In Sweden, Archford Gutu was an unused substitute as his side fell 1-0 to Elfsborg on Saturday.
Gutu has made just six league appearances out of 19 for his club this season.
In South Africa, Knowledge Musona continues to fire blanks for Kaizer Chiefs.
After failing to score in his team’s league opener against Mpumalanga Black Aces last week, Musona could not break his duck when Chiefs walloped Washington Arubi’s Pretoria University 3-0 in Saturday’s MTN8 Cup quarterfinal match.
Musona was substituted after 83 minutes, while Arubi played the whole match.
Willard Katsande completed the match for Chiefs, while Arubi’s teammate Obadiah Tarumbwa lasted for 75 minutes.
Tinashe Nengomasha also completed the match for Wits when they beat Celtic 3-0 in another MTN8 Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
Roderick Mutuma was introduced on 57th minute by Celtic while Thomas Sweswe and the suspended Denver Mukamba were absent for the Students.