Knowledge Musona. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
Knowledge Musona. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

DESPITE tempting money offers from other Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs such as big spenders Mamelodi Sundowns, Zimbabwean striker Knowledge Musona has returned to Naturena.

Musona signed with Kaizer Chiefs on a one-year loan deal from German side Hoffenheim.

Musona’s agent, Mike Makaab, said Sundowns were one of the teams chasing after the services of the speedy striker who scored 22 goals before getting a contract with the German team.

"It’s true Downs were interested in Musona’s services," Makaab said. "But he felt he should go back to the team he played for in the PSL because he is only going to stay for one season.

"So it was logical for him to rejoin his former team."

Chiefs GM Bobby Motaung said Musona had some unfinished business to attend to. "That is why he is coming back to us.

"I made it clear a few weeks ago there is only one club Knowledge will play for when he comes back to South Africa — that club is Chiefs.

"We all know what Knowledge is capable of. He will score goals left, right and centre for us to sustain the winning momentum in the new season, starting with the Carling Black Label Cup against Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on July 27.

"He went abroad because he had this golden opportunity which any young player could have grabbed with both hands. Knowledge still has two years on his contract with the German side.

"There is an option that we could get him back on a permanent basis once the loan deal has expired."

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said he was not aware that his team had spoken to Musona about joining them. When asked about possible signings in future, he said: "Only if there was Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar available in the South African transfer market, maybe we could have gone for them.

"People tend to exaggerate the changes we are trying to make at Sundowns. The team has not won a single trophy over the past five years and we had to make drastic changes to our team.

"We decided on buying players whose ages are less than 25 years. They are young and hungry.

"We have made a promise to bounce back with a bang in the new season," he said.

With Musona back in Naturena, compatriot Lincoln Zvasiya has left Amakhosi to join Greek side OFI Crete on a year deal. "We are delighted to let Lincoln go to Greece because it is not the policy of Chiefs to stand in the way of players who are wanted elsewhere for personal growth," Motaung said.

"We hope the move will open doors for more players to go to OFI Crete," he said.

Motaung also confirmed Chiefs would offload striker S’thembiso Ngcobo, who would go to either Bidvest Wits or AmaZulu.

"We are still talking but he will go on loan because he still has two years on his contract with us."

Motaung said Amakhosi would sign two experienced defenders this week. "I’m waiting for them to arrive in the country, then I will announce the names to avoid them being hijacked by other clubs on their arrival at the airport."

Burkina Faso defender Paul Koulibaly could become a Buccaneer as he is expected to meet with the Orlando Pirates bosses this week to discuss a deal. His contract with Iraqi giants Al Shorta will expire at the end of July.

In Limpopo, newly promoted Polokwane City have signed former Bafana Bafana and Jomo Cosmos striker Siyabonga Nontshinga, who was on loan with Mpumalanga Black Aces from Bloemfontein Celtic last season. Celtic are expected to sign midfielder Musa Nyatama, who is training with them after he was given permission to do so by Sundowns.

Black Aces, who announced that Clive Barker was their head coach last week, are set to re-sign winger Joseph Makhanya whose contract with Moroka Swallows was not renewed.