Mushekwi signs off at Djurgårdens in style

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ZIMBABWE international striker Nyasha Mushekwi is leaving his Swedish club Djurgårdens with a heavy heart despite scoring a beautiful leveller in his last game for the club against Hammarby on Monday night.

BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA

The towering striker, who has been on loan to Swedish club Djurgårdens from South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, ended his spell in Europe on a high note after scoring in Monday’s league derby.

The former Caps United striker rescued the match with a headed goal about 12 minutes from full time to make it 2-all. It was his 12th goal of the campaign and is the third top goal scorer in the league.

The league game against Hammarby ended his loan spell at Djurgården and the Zimbabwean international was expected to fly to South Africa, yesterday where he would wait to hear his future from his parent club Sundowns.

Afterwards Mushekwi shared his disappointment with the result despite scoring.

“I think we deserved more,” he told the Swedish media.

“We worked so hard as a team that we should have had three points. But unfortunately we got a point, but at the same time we got a point, we could have lost.”

He also spoke about his future and gave the Djurgården faithful some hope.

“I hope to come back, but we’ll see how it goes,” he said.

“I know the transfer window closes soon, we’ll see how it goes. This is my home away from home. The past six months have been spent in the best of my career.

“I cannot imagine leaving, but unfortunately this is how the situation is.”

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Reports suggest that Mushekwi’s parent club Sundowns are demanding R15 million (US$1,1m) for him, a sum Djurgården are understood to be unwilling to match.

Djurgården director Bosse Andersson, however, said they had made a proposal to the South Africans.

He said he was confident the solution proposed to Sundowns is reasonable and would be accepted as long as no other club comes up with a bigger offer.

“I am convinced that Nyasha has not played his final game in Djurgården,” Anderson said ahead of Monday’s game.

“The only question is whether it is in 2015. I am also more hopeful now than before that Nyasha returns in the autumn.”

Meanwhile, Egyptian side Zamalek also want the striker and have reportedly tabled a tempting salary.

Mushekwi has, however, previously said he prefers to stay in Europe and it remains to be seen whether he will now be tempted by the offer from Zamalek.

There is also reported interest from Serbia and a pair of Chinese clubs.