Knowledge Musona

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Knowledge Musona
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Norton, Zimbabwe
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
K.V. Oostende
Number 11
Youth career
Manyame FC
Haka United
2006–2009 Aces Youth Soccer Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Kaizer Chiefs 50 (20)
2011–2014 1899 Hoffenheim 16 (0)
2012–2013 FC Augsburg (loan) 14 (0)
2013–2014 Kaizer Chiefs (loan) 19 (8)
2015– K.V. Oostende 68 (26)
National team
2010– Zimbabwe 38 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:00, 17 November 2016

Knowledge Musona (born 21 June 1990) is a Zimbabwean footballer who plays as a striker for K.V. Oostende in the Belgian Pro League and the Zimbabwe national team. Previously he has played senior football in South Africa and Germany.

Personal life[edit]

Knowledge "The smiling Assassin" Musona hails from Norton, Mashonaland West and attended Lord Malvern High School in Harare. His younger brother Walter Musona is also a professional footballer.[1]

Club career[edit]

Musona joined Kaizer Chiefs in 2009 without having made any appearance in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League. At Aces he played with current Mamelodi Sundowns player Khama Billiat.

He was used sparingly as a substitute in the 2009–10 season but still managed to score a handful of crucial goals. In July 2010 he was awarded the PSL Club Rookie of the Year award.[2]

The 2010–11 season proved to be 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 FK Partizan and Scottish heavyweights Celtic.

On 28 July 2011, Musona signed 1899 Hoffenheim, with the player signing a five-year contract for R19,5 million.[3] He made his debut as a substitute against SC Freiburg in a 3–1 win[4] and scored his first goal in a 2–1 DFB Pokal win over 1. FC Köln on 25 October 2011. On 18 May 2012, it was announced that Musona would join Bundesliga side FC Augsburg on a one-year loan for the upcoming season.[5]

In July 2013, he left Germany moved back to his old South African club Kaizer Chiefs on a loan deal. He scored eight goals in 19 South African League matches, including a vital goal against Black Leopards which sent Kaizer Chiefs into the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup.[6] Musona scored a hat trick in a 3-0 first-round, second-leg CAF Champions League victory over Liga Muculmana in Maputo on 6 March progressing to the next round of the competition on a 7-0 aggregate scoreline after winning 4-0 at Moses Mabhida Stadium.[7] Musona suffered an ankle sprain in a 2-0 win over AS Vita Club in the CAF Champions League on March 29, 2014 where they lost 3-2 on aggregate. Musona ended the season with 16 goals in 25 starts in all competitions.[8] He attracted interest from clubs in Belgium, Germany and Roda JC Kerkrade in the Netherlands.[9] On 5 August, Musona started training with La Liga club, Granada.[10]

On 18 December 2014, Musona signed for Belgian club K.V. Oostende, effective 1 January 2015, with the player signing a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee. His agent Paschalis Tountouris stated that this move was the ideal step to revive his career.[11] He joined Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali at the Belgian club.[12]

International career[edit]

He made his national team debut in a friendly against South Africa on 3 March 2010.Is often considered the finest striker to ever come out of Zimbabwe. His goals have also helped Belgian League outfit KV Oostende.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Zimbabwe's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 September 2010 SKD Sports Complex, Paynesville  Liberia
1–0
1–1
2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
2. 17 November 2010 Estádio do Maxaquene, Maputo  Mozambique
1–0
3–1
Friendly
3. 5 June 2011 Rufaro Stadium, Harare  Mali
1–0
2–1
2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
4.
2–1
5. 8 October 2011 Estádio da Várzea, Praia  Cape Verde
2–1
2–1
6. 15 November 2011 Rufaro Stadium, Harare  South Africa
1–1
2–1
Friendly
7.
2–1
8. 29 February 2012 Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium, Bujumbura  Burundi
1–1
1–2
2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
9. 17 June 2012 National Sports Stadium, Harare
1–0
1–0
10. 26 March 2013 Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria  Egypt
1–1
2–1
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
11. 9 June 2013 National Sports Stadium, Harare
1–1
4–2
12. 10 September 2013 Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg  South Africa
1–0
2–1
Friendly
13. 6 September 2015 Rufaro Stadium, Harare  Guinea
1–1
1–1
2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
14. 28 March 2016 National Sports Stadium, Harare  Swaziland
1–0
4–0
15. 5 June 2016  Malawi
1–0
3–0
16. 13 November 2016  Tanzania
1–0
3–0
Friendly
17. 23 January 2017 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville  Tunisia
1–3
2–4
2017 Africa Cup of Nations

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://allafrica.com/stories/201307250649.html
  2. ^ "Musona scoops PSL rookie of season award". IOL Sport. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Neuer Angreifer für Hoffenheim" [New Striker for Hoffenheim] (in German). Deutsche Fußball Liga. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Knowledge Musona sets Hoffenheim's European target". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Xhaka nach Gladbach, Klasnic auf Vereinssuche" (in German). Spiegel Online. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Musona zurück in der Heimat" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  7. ^ mobi.supersport.com/football/caf-champions-league/news/140308/Musona_treble_sends_Chiefs_through
  8. ^ http://www.kickoff.com/mobile/news/43395/kaizer-chiefs-medics-worried-about-knowledge-musona
  9. ^ http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/sport/2014/06/13/second-tier-dutch-club-want-zimbabwean-striker-knowledge-musona
  10. ^ http://www.soccerladuma.co.za/news/articles/teams/kaizer-chiefs/knowledge-musona-is-training-with-granada-cf/171981
  11. ^ http://www.herald.co.zw/musona-chooses-belgium/
  12. ^ "Tiyani wa ka Mabasa" [Musona joins Oostende]. Kick Off. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 

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