Musona s sights on Germany
IT’S good that Kaizer Chiefs signed Katlego Mphela, because Knowledge Musona, now hitting his stride at the club and scoring decisive goals, doesn’t plan to stick around at the end of the season.
The German Bundesliga is my next destination”, he said.
Nothing s changed. My aim has always been to come to South Africa, get my confidence back up with the help of coach Stuart Baxter and go back to Europe,” said the striker, who s managed four goals in Chiefs last six Absa Premiership matches.
The Zimbabwean, who’s on loan from Hoffenheim, also chipped in with the winner deep into extra time when the league champions were made to sweat by Black Leopards in the first round of the Nedbank Cup last Sunday.
After first snubbing Supersport United, Musona arrived on a season-long deal desperate for game time, having endured a frustrating two years trying to make a name for himself in the German top flight.
There was no better place to regain his fitness and scoring touch than South Africa for a second spell at Chiefs, which sold him to Hoffenheim three years ago.
I think I have grown and have experienced playing in Germany, although it was tough.
My club [Musona signed a fiveyear deal with Hoffenheim in July 2011] is keeping an eye on me. And I am looking forward to going back,” he said.
Musona has been registered in the CAF Champions League. His departure means Amakhosi are one key player short should they reach the group stages.
A Premier Soccer League top scorer before leaving for Germany, Musona said his struggle to break into the Hoffenheim lineup was not a reflection on his ability. And Chiefs coach Baxter agrees.
It was a slow start for him here, but everybody knew he was a good player.
But he hadn’t done any work with me before and had to first understand the way we play. That takes about eight games. It’s taken Knowledge the time it should take to adapt and he is firing now,” he said.
He understands what we want. He could leave, but I hope I haven’t brought him back to a level where other people think he is attractive again.
We will obviously try to do everything we can to keep him at the club. My mother used to say Never borrow sorrow from tomorrow so we’ll get on with it.”
With age on his side, Musona is optimistic that his return to the Bundesliga will be as good as his second coming at Chiefs.
My first year in Germany, Holger Stanislawski wanted to introduce me slowly, but got fired halfway through the season. Things fell apart for me.
His replacement had no idea who I was and who had signed me. I was then loaned out to Augsburg and it was very much the same story, said Musona.
The coach played me at least every 10 minutes of every match in the first half of the season, but then also got fired. The new coach didn’t give me a chance.
I’ve been on the same page with Baxter and I will take with me the patience and advice when I go back.”