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It never rains, but pours for Musona

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The Warriors striker had another nightmarish match for his Belgian top-flight side KV Oostende on Friday as he was shown a straight red card just six minutes in a league match against Club Brugge.

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Oostende went on the lose 2-0, their third defeat in a row following a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of KV Kortrijk on Musona’s debut.

The humiliating defeat was followed up by a 3-1 loss to Gent before the latest setback for both himself and the team.

But looking at the video of the red card incident online, the punishment was very harsh and undeserved as Musona appeared to go for the ball in a tussle for possession.

However, the referee, who was some few metres and in full view of the action, quickly reached for his back pocket and sent Musona back to the dressing rooms.

The decision to eject Musona was greeted by the striker with a surprise chuckle as he went into the tackle clearly not trying to be dangerous or malicious.

From the video evidence, there was no intent to hurt, but just play the ball which he evidently did.

He will now miss the next three matches for his team although the club is likely to appeal the red card to be rescinded.

Still in Europe, Young Warriors midfielder Marvelous Nakamba was once again an unused substitute when his Vitesse side in the Holland Premier League shocked league champions Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 on Sunday to move to 10th position, two places off the Europa League play-off spot.

The 21-year-old has featured for just eight minutes in two substitute appearances for his club in 20 matches for the club this season.
Across in Sweden, Archford Gutu was also an unused substitute when his Kalmar FF side was humbled 2-0 by fellow Premiership side Halmstad in the team’s second pre-season friendly match on Saturday.

Gutu was left on the bench despite impressing the club’s new coach Peter Swärdh in the team’s first pre-season friendly against IFK Berga a fortnight ago where the Warriors man scored the team’s second goal after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Gutu, after failing to get regular playing time at Kalmar FF, was sent on loan to second-tier side Värnamo where he spent the last six month of the season.

But Swärdh, who joined the club this year, has recalled the 20-year-old back to the team for the preseason training camp which began some few weeks ago.

Gutu is entering the final year of his contract, and is hoping to convince Swärdh to give him another deal. Back nearer home in South Africa, the player transfer window slammed shut on Friday with Kingston Nkhatha the only big mover of a host of Zimbos scattered in the South African Premiership.

The Warriors striker switched from Kaizer Chiefs to SuperSport, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The forward, whose initial pre-agreement with Matsatsantsa was pushed through with immediate effect at the beginning of January, came under plenty of criticism during his time at Chiefs, with fans adamant he lacked the quality to wear the famous gold and black strip.

Nkhata, though, believes he played a key role for the club, scoring “important goals” which helped them to their current 15-point lead at the top of the Premiership standings.

“I think I played my part and I helped the team in many games,” Nkhata told Soccer Laduma yesterday.

“I scored some important goals for the team and won games for the team as well, so no, I wasn’t the worst striker at Chiefs during my time.”

Another confirmed deal is that of Energy Murambadoro who has joined AmaZulu on a short-term contract until the end of the season.
Tapuwa Kapini terminated his contract with AmaZulu on the same day and he has hinted on a move elsewhere as he is now a free agent and can sign outside the transfer window.

Tendai Ndoro’s agent had been talking up a move from Mpumalanga Black Aces to Pirates, but the move failed to materialise and may take place in July – but for now, Aces boss Mario Morfou insists no formal offer has been received for the striker.

In Botswana, Madinda Ndlovu’s team Township Rollers had their lead scrapped away to zero points after losing the top-of-the-table clash against his former club Mochudi Centre Chiefs.

Rollers lost the match 1-0 at home as their bad run in the New Year continues and now lead the log standings by a goal difference margin.
Ndlovu is in Harare attending a Caf A licence course.

Ndlovu’s team, which had a healthy eight-point lead at the top when the teams went for the festive season break, have collected just three points from a possible nine, allowing Chiefs to storm back into the title race.

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