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Mguni finally makes a Warriors' return

[Posted 15 Mar 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Mguni makes a long awaited return to the Warriors" squad

Last week Beezsports hoped that Warriors' coach Norman Mapeza would see the light and make the obvious decision to call Musa Mguni should it be confirmed that Knowledge Musona will not recover in time for the crucial Mali African Nations Cup match next week.

Mapeza has finally seen the light. After learning from South Africa's glamour club Kaizer Chiefs that Musona will not recover in time for the Mali match, the Warriors gaffer has quickly replaced him with Mguni.

Shariff Musa, the Zimbabwe Senior national team manager, has confirmed that Musona will miss the March 26th AFCON tie away in Bamako, and has been replaced by the Russian based striker, Mguni.

“After talks with the player (Musona) and the coach (Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic), we came to the conclusion that he will not be able to recover in time for the Mali game. In his place, we have called up Musa Mguni.

“Initially, it seemed like a dislocated shoulder which we thought he would recover from in time, but unfortunately he is not able to do so and is still feeling uncomfortable,” Mussa revealed.

The loss of Musona will no doubt be a set back to the Warriors, as his presence alone in the team puts the other team under pressure. Musona is not only a goal scorer, he is a team player whose pace and skill never gives the opposition defenders time to rest.

Musona scored Zimbabwe' solitary goal in the 1-1 draw against Liberia away in Monrovia.

His replacement, Mguni, recently made his greatest money move to date, after he was lured to the Russia Premier League by legendary former Dutch international and former Chelsea coach Ruud Gullit who is now coach of Terek Grozny, Mguni's new paymasters.

The gangly striker, who has had spells in Cyprus, United Arab Emirates and more recently Ukraine, recently signed a close to 4 year deal with the Russian top flight club.

The former Motor Action player is a proven goal scorer, having scored regularly during his spell at Omonia Nocisia, bagging in 28 goals in 66 appearances, and his 3-year stay at the Cypriot champions was heavily interrupted by injuries.

Mguni scored a further 8 goals in Al Shabaab colours in the UAE in only 14 appearances, before injuries restricted him to only 16 matches in Metalurh Donetsk colours in Ukraine. 

It is not clear though if Mguni and Mamelodi Sundowns gunman Nyasha Mushekwi can play together upfront, given the fact that both players are target men, and rely on a player of Musona's calibre to create chances for them to score goals.

Mapeza might be forced to partner one of the two gunmen with Edward Sadomba of Al Hilal in Sudan, who is, strictly speaking, more of an attacking midfielder or supporting striker at best than an out and out striker, a gunman in the mould of either Mushekwi or Mguni. 

Mguni last appeared in Warriors' colours more than 4years ago.

When he was called up for the Brazil friendly match on 2 June, just under two weeks before the 2010 World Cup, the striker did not participate in the historic encounter for unclear reasons. 


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