Mu­sona s sights on Ger­many

Sunday World - - World Of Sport - MA­ZOLA MOLEFE

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.”

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