FORMER Zimbabwe youth international Zimiseleni Moyo has left FAZ/MTN Super League champions Zesco United, ending what was a fruitful five year marriage with the club.
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The news was confirmed by the club yesterday.
“Zimiseleni Moyo has decided not to renew his contract and has since gone back to Zimbabwe after spending five years at the club,” Zesco media officer Katebe Chengo confirmed.
Moyo, a relatively unknown quantity in the country despite his huge talent, won the Zambian league title twice, the latest one coming last season.
He won his first league title in 2010 after arriving from former Zimbabwe Premiership side Railstars.
Moyo has hailed his stint with the club as wonderful.
“Thanks to the Almighty God for the wonderful five years with future African champions Zesco United,” he said. “I had a great time. Not only benefited as a footballer but as a man and father,” Moyo added.
Zesco United supporters thanked Moyo for his services in the last five years.
“Go well comrade. Thanks for the services rendered. You have left as a champion and you shall remain a champion from our end. Even when you don’t win where ever you shall be, remember you are a ZEGA champion,” Peter Njobvu wrote on the club’s website.
There was no reason why the club did not renew the contract of one of their consistent performers over the years but a nagging injury which kept Moyo out for the better part of the just ended season, could be the main reason.
Moyo is a former Railstars player and so good has been the defender that former Zambian coach Herve Renard wanted his citizenship changed so that he can play for the Zambian senior national team.
But despite being a consistent performer in the Zambian Premiership he has been ignored by successive Warriors coaches.
Meanwhile, Warriors striker Knowledge Musona reported at the weekend for work at his new Belgian club KV Oostende as he bids to resurrect a flagging career that has seen him out of action since last April.
The former Kaizer Chiefs goal machine has not played since toe and ankle injuries brought a premature end to his last season on loan at Amakhosi.
This was compounded by his decision not to rejoin the Premier Soccer League club but stay in Europe in his bid to play overseas.
Musona has been the property of TSG Hoffenheim of the German Bundesliga since a lucrative R15m move from Chiefs in 2011.
But he spent just one season with the club before being loaned out after failing to make an impact.
Musona was at FC Augsburg for a season and then returned to Chiefs, where he did not make the same impact that he had when he first arrived as a fresh-faced teenager from Zimbabwe.
But he was still seen as an important cog for Chiefs and the club’s football manager Bobby Motaung travelled to Germany last June in a bid to extend the loan agreement or sign the striker back.
Musona’s desire to stay and prove himself in Europe stymied Motaung’s efforts. This despite the Zimbabwean international not featuring in Hoffenheim’s plans and being unable to find him a new club by the time of the close of the last transfer window in August.
Musona has not played any competitive football since but is now on the verge of returning to action after agreeing to a R5m move to the Belgian club.
The 24-year-old can now restore his previous reputation as an exciting prospect as he is expected to be a regular choice in the Belgian league once he proves his match fitness.
Musona, who has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with his new club, will leave on Monday for Spain where Oostende will hold a winter break training camp. Their first league game back is on January 17 against KV Kortrijk.
Closer to home, former Warriors captain Method Mwanjali could soon find a new home at South African league side Mpumalanga Black Aces – where he was on loan last season.
Media reports from South Africa suggest that the club, also home to Warriors striker Tendai Ndoro, have already approached the relevant parties about the player.
“You know Sundowns told him that if he finds a club then they can release him and Aces are interested in him to replace fired Mbulelo Mabizela,” a source was quoted by a magazine SoccerLaduma.
“I am not sure whether Sundowns will sell him to Aces or he will join as a free agent. But for now they are interested in the player,” added the source.