Soccer fans in Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans in the diaspora will take a fresh interest in Belgian giants Anderlecht after the ambitious club announced the signing of Warriors captain Knowledge Musona.
After weeks of speculation over his future, the Smiling Assassin earned a lucrative move from KV Oostende which will see him take part in the UEFA Europa League next season.
Musona, 27, joined the Belgian First Division A side in 2015 from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim, and has been one of the club’s standout performers since his arrival.
Musona spoke in a video message announcing his departure from KV Oostende that he had a huge following in Zimbabwe and in South Africa, and that his joining of the Belgian outfit would trigger interest among Zimbabweans in his fortunes, and in his new club.
“For me it will be about winning titles, and I’m happy to be joining a club of the stature of Anderlecht. As players we have to deliver good performances. We have to make sure that we play up to a high level, keep the standard high, to be consistent on the field of play. A big team (like this one) expects good performances from everyone,” Musona said.
A dream come true
He added that joining Anderlecht was a dream come true for him as he had always wanted to play football at the highest level, and that the timing of this move was special.
Despite featuring on the left wing, the Zimbabwe international has netted 41 goals and registered 18 assists in 112 games, which has attracted attention across Europe.
Belgian giants Anderlecht have since won the race for his signature on a lucrative four-year contract, confirming his arrival on their official Twitter account.
Musona made his Warriors debut in a friendly against South Africa in 2010. He often considered the finest strikers to ever come out of Zimbabwe in recent years and his exploits have been described in the same sentences alongside such Zimbabweans greats as the legendary Peter Ndlovu and Vitalis Takawira.
The striker joined Kaizer Chiefs in 2009 without having made any appearance in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League from Black Aces where he played with current Mamelodi Sundowns winger Khama Billiat.
The 2010–11 season was however Musona’s break through season as he scored 15 goals in 28 league games to win the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot which attracted the interest of European clubs such as German Bundesliga side 1899 Hoffenheim, Serbian giants Partizan and Scottish heavyweights Celtic.
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