Musona to leave Germany

HARARE -  Warriors kingpin Knowledge Musona will definitely leave German top flight club 1899 Hoffenheim before the start of the new season in August, but will stay in Europe in a bid to break into one of the continent’s major leagues, one of the player’s handlers has confirmed.

 
Reports emanating from South Africa Wednesday indicated Musona’s former club Kaizer Chiefs were lining up against clubs from Belgium and Netherlands in their bid to bring back the ex-Amakhosi favourite to the Absa Premiership after struggling to make an impact in the Bundesliga.

Musona is scheduled to return to Hoffenheim after a season on loan at FC Augsburg, where he failed to score in 14 outings. But yesterday’s reports pointed out that Hoffenheim officials confirmed they will offload Zimbabwe’s best player of his generation.
 
Nigel Munyati, a director of Harare-based Aces Youth Academy where Musona honed his skills before making a life-changing move to Kaizer Chiefs in 2009, confirmed talks were in advanced stages for a prospective move to Belgium or Netherlands.
 
“He will not return to South Africa, that will be retrogressive,” Munyati told the Daily News Wednesday. “He will definitely stay in Europe. That’s more realistic. He will go to the Belgian or Dutch league. I know that there are talks going on, and a deal will be reached soon.”

Munyati likened the Zimbabwe ace’s situation to that of Chelsea’s Senegalese forward Demba Ba, who played for Musona’s current club Hoffeinheim before joining English Premiership side West Ham in 2011.
 
Before joining Hoffeinheim in 2007, Ba used lowly French club FC Rouen and the now defunct Belgian club Mouscron as stepping stone.
 
Musona’s representatives will likely insist on a clause in his contract with his new club which guarantees him a regular starting line-up place in an effort to easily capture the interest of bigger clubs in Europe.

Ba has travelled the same route.
 
In 2011, the French-born Senegal striker activated a relegation clause in his contracts at West Ham United, allowing him to leave the club on free transfer in the event that the club was relegated.
 
He joined Newscastle, where he became a hit before joining Chelsea for a transfer fee of £7 million mid-last season.

“I think it’s the best form him (Musona). If you look at it, Demba Ba, he came from there,” added Munyati. “He (Ba) went through the same frustrations.  It’s not a surprise. That might be Knowledge’s route as well. It’s too early for him to start worrying. That’s just a hump in his career he needs to navigate. I think he will be fine.

“The most important thing for him is to get game time. He needs to go to a club where he can play and get seen by a bigger club.”
 
Munyati, meanwhile, has praised the Aces protégée for giving back to the academy in recent weeks. The famed Harare academy has become a conveyor belt of talent in the country, providing Musona, Lincoln Zvasiya, Abbas Amidu and Khama Billiat to the current Zimbabwe national side.
 
“He (Musona) trained with us before the national team camp and a lecture session with the young boys. He has being doing a lot of mentoring at the academy since he came back home, talking to the youngsters about his experience in Europe. We have boys who have grown up and are now 18 and on the verge of turning professional. It’s important that we have Knowledge talking to them.”

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