Smiling Assassin is BACK!

Absa Premiership defenders and goalkeepers better be scared because the “Smiling Assassin” is back.


Zimbabwe Warriors sharp-shooter Knowledge Musona has finally rediscovered his scoring form and the opposition nets are dancing to his shots.

When the news first trickled in that the Absa Premiership’s 2010 Golden Boot award winner was returning to South Africa after a forgettable stint in the German Bundesliga, Orlando Pirates captain, Lucky Lekgwati, remarked that the Zimbabwean would not be as “scary” for him as he was in his first SA stint.

The basis of his argument was that most of the players who left for Europe came back a pale shadow of themselves. However, if you are hot, you are hot and if you are not, you are not. Musona is hot.

Musona has in his “second coming” in the Absa Premiership, proven that while form is temporary, class is permanent. With 11 games remaining for Kaizer Chiefs in the current season he has become one of the favourites to overtake Chiefs teammate, Bernard Parker for the 2013-2014 top scorer award.

Just as he did last season, Parker has been stagnant at 10 league goals, while the Zimbabwean, who is more of a gunman than Parker is, now lies just four goals behind. Should he continued with his current pace, 23-year-old Musona could easily reclaim the Leslie Manyathela crown he first won in 2011.

Now gifted with better skill and more maturity, Musona has become both creator and finisher of note after his two-year stint in Germany, where he played for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Augsburg between 2011 and 2013.

His top form has not be restricted to the SA league, as he is also scoring for fun as Chiefs extend their purple patch in the Caf Champions League, where they have banged in a massive 11 goals in four outings.

The Zimbabwe international striker has banged in four goals in the last two outings, including a hat-trick when the Amakhosi demolished Mozambique’s Liga Desportiva Muculumana de Maputo at the weekend to storm into the second round.

Musona is not one to easily get carried away and recently, he refused to take all the glory for himself. “I play for the team and the team will always come first for me. As a striker, I always look forward to scoring and I am always happy to see the team win,” he said this week.

Musona scored all his four CAF Champions league goals against Liga, having also scored when Chiefs registered their 4-0 home win a fortnight ago in the first leg in Durban.

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