Chiefs want Musona for keeps

Zimbabwean international striker, Knowledge Musona seems to have regained his great form and in the process, impressed his South African paymasters.

Knowledge Musona
Knowledge Musona

Kaizer Chiefs officials told The Zimbabwean this week that they were already negotiating an extended stay in Johannesburg for the lethal striker, whose form has helped them cement their stay at the apex of the Absa Premiership log.

Musona is on a season’s loan from German side, TSG99 Hoffenheim, but the Amakhosi’s football manager, Bobby Motaung, confirmed the club was already trying to make that stay permanent.

“It is true that we are negotiating with Hoffenheim to have him stay longer because we still value him (Musona) and would like to have him here for more seasons,” said Motaung. “Negotiations are going on. Remember we still have an option of either buying him out of contract or extending his current loan because we still need him. Whichever way, we would like the route we take to result in an extended stay for him, which will obviously have to go beyond the season loan he is currently on.”

The Glamour Boys’ coach, Stuart Baxter also confirmed that he enjoyed working with the “top-class” Zimbabwe Warriors marksman in the side. “Who would not love to work with such a top-class player? Musona’s quality and form are some of the reasons we are playing so well again this season and I really enjoy working with him,” said the Briton in an interview with this paper earlier in the week.

“He is a fantastic lad and I would like to have more time with him in the team. If he is not scoring, he is harassing defenders and creating opportunities for his team-mates and that is what a team player should always do.

“I like his drive and zeal to always do well for the team and with the team. If he does not score in a match, you can see that he is hurting because he knows the fans expect him to always score, while his team-mates also have a lot of faith and belief that whenever he is in the line-up, he will score. That sometimes puts pressure on him, but we always tell him that he is a good player and should not feel bad about not scoring because we still value him for his contributions in every game.”

Musona was on target when The Amakhosi beat fellow Soweto giants, Moroka Swallows 2-0 for their eighth straight wins in the league this season, which saw them extend their lead 10 points above second-placed SuperSport United after 16 games.

Kingstone Nkhatha scored the other goal.

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