KNOWLEDGE Musona is likely to remain in South Africa for the foreseeable future after Kaizer Chiefs opened talks with his German club Hoffeinheim for an extension to the Zimbabwe international’s loan period.
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Musona signed a five-year deal at the German side, but was loaned to Augsburg before his return to the Absa Premiership last August. Now Chiefs want to keep him at the club and have already registered him for the Caf Champions League which begins this weekend.
Musona will be making his debut in the competition and showed his sharpness on Friday night as Chiefs beat Moroka Swallows in the Soweto Derby 2-0 to open a 10-point lead at the stop of the standings. Fellow Zimbabwean international Kingston Nkhatha had scored in the third minute.
“Negotiations are going on,” Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung told Kick Off yesterday. “We have an option of either buying him out of the contract or extending his current loan because we still need him.”
At Bloemfontein Celtic, Rodreck Mutuma has made the bench his own. Again, he was in the final 18, but did not play a part at Celtic beat Free State Stars 2-0. It has been tough for the former Dynamos striker and perhaps he needs to retrace his steps to Harare or find another team to rediscover his form.
Mutuma shares his misery with Vusa Nyoni. The former Highlanders midfielder could only make the final 18 at bottom-placed Mons in the Belgian Jupiler League as they fell 2-1 to Club Brugge. Mons have 13 points and are destined for the second division.
Still in the Jupiler League, Ovidy Karuru is slowly getting the game time he has yearned for for a long time. After finally returning to OH Leuven last week, the former Gunners man returned on Sunday to play 18 minutes as his side fell 2-0 to Gent to remain in 14th place.
While Nyasha Mushekwi was not on target at KV Oostende, he played the full match as his side edged Sporting Charleroi away from home to move into 10th position and way from the relegation zone.
Tando Velaphi, the Zimbabwean goalkeeper at Melbourne Heart in Australia, might have to spend the whole season on the bench as he did not play again as his side beat Sydney 1-0 on Saturday. They remain in bottom place with 12 points from 17 matches.