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Hot race to sign Musona: Good or bad for the player?

[Posted 25 Jul 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Hot race to sign Musona: Good or bad for the player?

There appears to be new twists to the Knowledge Musona transfer saga with each new day, with news making headlines indicating that the move of the Kaizer Chiefs star striker to Germany Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is not cut and dried yet, as Glasgow Celtic of Scotland's offer is reportedly increasing by each week.

Only last weekend, newspaper reports in South Africa and Germany indicated that Musona's deal to move to Hoffenheim was still on the cards, with the agent dealing with the move dismissing rumours that the deal was on the rocks owing to money matters.

Mike Makaab of Prosport International, the agency chosen by the German Bundesliga club to facilitate the transfer of Musona, revealed over the weekend that only the structure of the deal remains the sticking point, but otherwise the two parties have agreed on the figure.

“The numbers have all been agreed upon; it’s just the structure of the deal that we have to try and bring to some kind of finality to,” Makaab said.

It however appears like contrary to Makaab's claims, money appears to be the real sticking point in the whole Musona transfer saga.

Celtics are reported to have offered a whoppping R22 million compared with Hoffenheim's reported R13 million offer for Musona. A difference of almost R10 million is difficult if not impossible to ignore, hence the delayed finalisation of the deal.

Ernst Tanner, Sporting Director of Hoffenheim all but confirmed fears that money is the real hold-up in the fnalisation of the deal.

“We are still in talks with Knowledge Musona and are attempting to find a solution,” Hoffenheim's Ernst Tanner told Deutsche Presseagentur over the weekend.

“He is technically very good, quick, two-footed and integrated with the squad very well when he was on trial here.

“We know that Knowledge can sign more lucrative deals elsewhere, but Kaizer Chiefs are keen to conclude a deal with us in the hope we can co-operate on further deals in the future,” Tanner added.

But for whatever the extra millions are worth, is it really justified to risk the future of such a promising youngster?

There are two different views to this.

One view holds that at Kaizer Chiefs, thats where Musona's bread is buttered currently, and because the club pays his salary and holds the rights to the player, one can forgive them for thinking that they can hold out for a bigger asking price for the player, even where this threatens to delay the progress of the player's career.

The other view, especially from the Zimbabwe senior national soccer team, the Warriors' supporters, Musona is just more than a Chiefs player and a soccer product on the market out of which Chiefs can make as much money as they can get.

Musona is viewed as the Golden boy of Zimbabwean soccer at the moment, given the promise he holds for the nation's senior national team. Knowledge is the number one striker of the Warriors, and the only striker or player to score  three goals for the team in four outings in the current 2012 AFCON qualifiers.

There is therefore more interest in Musona's future and what happens in his career than rands and cents, or euros and pounds can define.  

For many Chiefs fans and Warriors fans, the Musona saga reminds them of stories of many promising young talent that missed out on golden opportunities to secure moves to Europe owing to club disagreements over a few thousands or millions of rands.

Fans are quick to mention the name of Tinashe Nengomasha and his recent failed move to Qatar, and past failed moves to France and other European leagues.

In South Africa, fans have witnessed the impact of disappointed dreams on players.

Teko Modise was crowned Footballer of the Season twice in a row a couple of seasons ago, and there were expectations from the player and indeed the entire nation that with success at home would come success in securing a move overseas.

When the much anticipated move to Europe failed to materialise, we all know what happened to Teko. He became frustrated, his form took a nose dive, failed to shine for Bafana Bafana in cfrucial matches, and he was involved in some disciplinary matters with former club Orlando Pirates, which to those who ever cared about Teko, was a clear out-cry for help.

A recent case in point is that of Kaelgo Mphela, whose failed attempts to move oveseas, largely blmed on his club Mamelodi Sundowns, saw the player almost completely losing it, embarking on a self-imposed exile from football and from his current club Sundowns as the player attempted to deal with frustrations of a failed move, albeit in a wrong way.

Matters could have reached a head, had it not been for a truce between the player and his club, brokered by Mphela's Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane, who was motivated more by national interests than sectarian or personal gain! 

Kaizer Chiefs and Knowledge Musona's handlers should be warned that if they do not learn from what happened to other stars in the recent past months or years, they will destroy the spirit, talent and bright prospects of one of the most talented soccer players ever seen in the ABSA Premier Soccer League in the past few years.

When young players' talent blossom like what we witnessed with Thulani Serero, Knowledge Musona and Andile Jali over the couple of seasons in the ABSA PSL, the players must be assisted to realise their dreams of moving to Europe while they are in their prime.

Arguments that fast-tracking players to Europe will expose them to failure like what happened in the case of Collins Mbesuma, who apparently failed at Portsmouth, are as short-sighted as they come. Players' circumstances will always be different.

A soccer playing career is very short, and players should make the most of it while the sun of their youth shines. Look at what Serero is already doing at Ajax Amsterdam in Holland.

The player (Serero) has been showcasing the quality that the local PSL in South Africa is awash with, as he scores for fun in the team's pre-season, and that is exactly the opportunity that all this unnecessary delay in Musona's case is depriving the youngster of.

There is no way that Musona will struggle, whether he goes to play for Hoffenheim or Glasgow Celtic on Scotland.

All that Kaizer Chiefs and the agents handling Musona's transfer should do, is to facilitate a move for the player before end of the next week or so, and not expose the youngster to frustrations of failed moves.




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