Musona’s introduction in the 46th minute was not enough to help his side Kaizer Chiefs overturn a Daine Klate goal that had given Orlando Pirates the lead in the first leg of their MTN8 semi-final tie at the FNB Stadium, but he did well to convince the fans that he still is the “Smiling Assassin” lost to them two seasons ago.
There are many who still blame Coach Stuart Baxter for his decision to start Lehlohonolo Majoro ahead of Musona in the eventual defeat. Majoro struggled in the high-tempo match and when Musona took his place straight after the break, the Chiefs fans got some hope that the second leg would go Chiefs’ way should the Zimbabwean ace start. The striker, still owned by German topflight side, TSG Hoffenheim, was lively on his introduction though guilty of wasteful finishing. Baxter gave his reasons for benching Musona:
“We started with Majoro because he understands how we play. My rationale was that Knowledge would be better for us as a team coming off the bench. He is settling in well and will do well for the team this season,” said the Chiefs coach.