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How Ruud Gullit signed me: Musa Mguni

[Posted 11 Feb 2011]
[By BeezSports Reporter]
Musa Mguni speaks to BeezSports on his move to Russia

New Russian topflight league club Terek Grozny striker, prolific goal-getter Musawenkosi Mguni has revealed how the new coach of his new club,  Chelsea and AC Milan legend  and former World Player of the Year Ruud Gullit signed him from Ukraine's Metalurh Donetsk.

Mguni opened up to BeezSports.com and spoke about his move to Russia, the Warriors, and offers some tips to young footballers, especially those from his homeland Zimbabwe, who aspire to break into top European leagues.

Below, Musa Mguni (MM) speaks to BeezSports Chief-Editor Brighton Mupangavanhu (BM).

BM: Musa, welcome to BeezSports, its good to finally speak to you, man.

MM: Britso, zthini boss! Glad to speak to you too bro.   

BM: Congratulations are in order for joining Terek Grozny in time for the new Russian Premier League season! Siyakubongela ndoda.

MM: Thanks boss. I signed two days ago (that was on 2 February 2011). Since then I have been wearing the colours of Terek Grozny.

BM: So, Ruud Gullit spotted you when you played against his team? Was this the match where you scored a goal or two in late January?

MM: Gullit spotted me just after playing a friendly against his team(while turning out for Donetsk in January). I scored 1 goal, we won 2-1. He came and asked for permission to talk to me at my camp base and this is what he had to say, "I think you know why we are here right?". I  said, "Yeah, its pre- season,  or maybe I hurt your goalkeeper or defender so I have to pay". It was such a great atmosphere; the coach (Gullit)  is such a gentleman and is very professional.

BM: There is a growing perception that the Russian topflight has become one of the best leagues in Europe, with its teams Rubin Kazan, CSKA Moscow and Zenith St' Petersburg doing well in the UEFA Champions League and Europa league. Do you agree? 

MM: There is money (in the Russian league) so I suppose they can get whoever they want, and that makes their league compete well against the best in Europe.

BM: We have heard about the deal, but we are not privy to the details. Would you like to share with your fans some few details about this deal?

MM: I signed for three (3) and a halfy years. I wanna thank those who have supported me until I reached this level, and even though I have set my feet elsewhere I am still proudly Zimbabwean.

BM: What squad number have you been allocated at Grozny?

MM: At my former club I had number 7, but at Grozny I chose number 17. I just cant do without a 7, its a blessed number.

BM: Share a few thoughts about working with one of the legends of the game, Gullit. How has it been like working with him? I know its been just a few days, but I am sure you have some experiences to share.

MM: Working with Ruud? So far so good; everything is professional and intense, but there is fun as well.

BM: What do you think needs to be done to get more Zimbabwean players to Europe?

MM: Media plays a big role in marketing and assisting agents and clubs in identifyin players. Without broadcasters then its difficult for scouts to travel all the way to Africa. Thats why broadcasters like Supersport need to be appreciated for the role they are playing in marketing players.

BM: Which Zimbabwean players (among those who are currently not playing in Europe) do you think are ready and deserve to be signed by good European teams?

MM: Knowledge Musona and Joel Ngodzo. I have heard about these boys and the good stuff they are doing at their respective clubs. I watched Knowlie against Brazil, thats how I realised he is such a talent. If I had to choose a good starting point for the lads, I would recommend the Greek and Ukrainian leagues for a starting point, especially teams like Shaktar Donetsk, Dynamo, Panathinaikos, Metallist, and then definitely they would do well. From thereon big things will follow. All one needs is a good starting point like Onismor Bhasera is doing at Plymouth Argyle in England.

BM: Lastly, many soccer fans who wrote to this website, have fantasised about a possible combination of you and Benjani, while lately others have fantasised a dream combination of you and Nyasha Mushekwi of Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa, supported by Musona from the flanks. Are you still open to playing for the Warriors?

MM: If they (Warriors technical team) call me and the people appreciate my call definitely I will be available. I love my country and only wanna represent it when its the people's call, but I see that the boys are doing well and I am happy for them.













 

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