Warriors’ talisman Musona tries luck in Europe

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WHILE Zimbabwean players are content with just crossing the Limpopo into the South African Premiership, Knowledge Musona will try his luck again in Europe after his parent team, German side Hoffeinheim agreed to sell him to another team in Europe.

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While there is no definite country being named, sources say he could move to the Netherlands.

Musona was signed by Hoffeinheim two seasons ago, but spent a year before he was shipped to Augsburg in the same league before returning to him beloved Kaizer Chiefs last season, scoring 16 goals in 15 matches in all competitions.

He is still contracted to Hoffeinheim, with his deal running out on June 30 2016 and eager to cash on before the expiry of his contract which would have seen him walk out for free, the German Bundesliga side has found buyer willing to match their R10 million asking price.

Hoffeinheim are not short of attackers as they have Janik Haberer, Anthony Modeste, Joseph-Claude Gyau, Sven Schipplock and Kevin Volland and the departure of Musona will open more space for a new foreigner.

Yesterday, South Africa’s authoritative website Kick Off reported that a club has been found for the Warriors international.

“He is not coming back,” a source close to the player told KickOff.com.

“The club has decided to sell him to another team in Europe and the deal is expected to be finalised very soon,” Kick Off reported.

Kaizer Chiefs are still hoping to hear some good news from Hoffeinhem, but it seems the case is all but closed for now.
At the age of 23, Musona has taken a bolder decision to find a European club than stay in South Africa where a number of Zimbabwean players have failed to find their way out of the continent.

Instead, we have seen a flight of players in the form of Rodreck Mutuma, Tafadzwa Rusike, Oscar Machapa and Simba Sithole all returning home.

Ovidy Karuru, who has played in France and Belgium, is also to go for trials at Kaizer Chiefs.

Infact, even some of Zimbabwe’s best talents in South Africa, Esrom Nyandoro and Tinashe Nengomasha, will wind down their careers down south.

Nengomasha is trying his luck at Black Aces and has hinted that if he fails to get anything in South Africa, he will join Dynamos.

Going down south for the coming season is former Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova (SuperSport United), Milton Ncube (Ajax Cape Town), Peter Moyo (Mpumalanga Black Aces), Kuda Mahachi (Mamelodi Sundowns) and Eric Chipeta (Chippa United).

How Mine’s Kuda Musharu is going back for trials at AmaZulu, Chicken Inn’s Danny Phiri and Rodwell Chinyengetere of Hwange are at Polokwane City while Maritzburg United coach Steve Komphela will be in Bulawayo today to run the rule over Dynamos’ Devon Chafa when the league champions play Chicken Inn at Barbourfields.

Dynamos duo of Ronald Chitiyo and Stephen Alimenda are also wanted by clubs in South Africa and could leave anytime soon.
Sundowns’ Nyasha Mushekwi has returned from Belgium and could move to Orlando Pirates in a cash-plus Oupa Manyisa deal.

And this influx has not helped the Warriors in their quest to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations or even the World Cup. We need more players at a higher and competitive level.

Zimbabwean football agents have also been found wanting in getting our local players to Europe with smaller clubs like Bantu Rovers actually doing better.

Bantu have Marvelous Nakamba in the French Ligue 2 with AS Nancy.
Former Masvingo and AmaZulu left back Costa Nhamoinesu plays for Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic and recently won the league title and the Best Foreign Player award.

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  1. Foreign based players? Gone ar th dat when we have the Peter Ndlovu type of players. We failed wt foreign based players at the NSS but fared far much better wt th locals kuChan. Better to stick wt th chan squad. In addition ZIFA is failing us. We ar not grooming under 17 to the senior squad. Look at th under 17 which was involved at COSAFA. If we maintain that team surely dai tine team so.

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