ZIMBABWE international striker Knowledge Musona described his two-year stay in Germany as a very tough period for him and has returned to Kaizer Chiefs, on a loan deal from Bundesliga TSG Hoffenheim, to try and revive his career.
The South African Premiership champions have an option to finally buy the player.
The Warriors striker moved to Europe in August 2011 amid high expectations but failed to command a regular place in the team.
“My stay in Germany was tough especially as l didn’t get much game time due to changes in management at both teams that l played for,” Musona told the official Chiefs website yesterday.
After one season he found himself loaned to another Bundesliga side FC Augsburg last season. Again he lacked game time at the club.
The fact that both clubs ended up fighting relegation in the ended season did not help matters for Musona as he failed to really settle.
There have been a lot of speculation over the future of Musona and before the season ended he snubbed an offer by SuperSport United officials, who were in Germany for a workshop, to have the player return to Absa Premiership and join the Pretoria side.
Even when he was back home during the World Cup qualifiers he was quoted saying his future was still in the Bundesliga where he signed a five-year-contract.
But Musona, who will always have a special bond with the club where he cut his professional teeth in 2009, finally opted to return home and revive his waning career.
Local football magazine, Gemazo, run by veteran football writer Fanuel Viriri, broke the story that Musona’s return to Chiefs was now a done deal on their website and Facebook page on Wednesday.
Surprisingly, while his career abroad appeared to be stagnant, whenever Musona returned home, he impressed for the Warriors and scored regularly for his national team.
The player’s management team and the Kaizer Chiefs leadership successfully negotiated the terms and Amakhosi announced on the the club’s website that they have secured Musona for the 2013/2014 season which gets underway next month.
During his fruitful stint with Amakhosi, he won the Rookie of the Year in 2009/2010 season before winning the Golden Boot the following season when he scored 15 goals in 28 matches.
Yesterday, Musona, told the official Kaizer Chiefs website that he was happy to be back home.
“There is nothing much to say —Kaizer Chiefs is my team and my first home.
“I am happy to be back. And looking forward to the season and working with the players and the technical team.
“Any jersey number will do for me, as I don’t play a number, l play football.
“I always checked Chiefs results on line. And was happy to see that PSL has become tough, there is no longer a small team and was also happy to see the league getting stronger,” said Musona.
Kaizer Chiefs football manager, Bobby Motaung, was also quoted saying they finalised a series of meetings last morning.
“Bringing back Musona signals our intentions as we prepare for what promises to be a competitive season following the league and Cup double achievements of the 2012 — 2013 season.
“We brought Musona on one-season loan with an option to buy. When we sold him we agreed with Hoffeinheim that Kaizer Chiefs will be his home in case Musona returns to South Africa.
“This is a clear statement we mean business and we always do our best to bring the best talent to Kaizer Chiefs,” said Motaung.
The former Aces Youth Academy man returns to Amakhosi after a good season by the club in which they scooped the Absa Premiership title and the Nedbank Cup.
During Musona’s time Chiefs failed to wrestle the league from rivals Orlando Pirates.
Musona rejoins the club when they have roped in Bafana Bafana strikers Bernard Parker and Lehlohonolo Majoro.
The strike force now also has Zimbabwe international Kingstone Nkhatha.
Affectionately known as The Smiling Assassin at Chiefs, Musona is still held in high esteem by the fans of Amakhosi who would be naturally pleased that the player is back at Naturena.
However, Musona will not reunite with his former team mate at Aces Academy Lincolin Zvasiya, who has secured a loan deal to Greece side OFI Crete from Kaizer Chiefs.
Zvasiya joined the Glamour Boys in 2011 the same year Musona left for Germany.
Yesterday, the Kaizer Chiefs website said the defender, who still have two years on his contract, has secured a one-year loan deal with the Greek side.
The former FC Platinum defender didn’t get enough game time in defence which also has Bafana Bafana defenders such as Siboniso Gaxa, Tsepo Masilela and Morgan Gould who later got sidelined by an injury towards the end of the season.
Kaizer Chiefs have strong faith in Zimbabwean players who in turn have delivered for the side.
All the foreign players at the club are from here, which has given Chiefs a huge following in this country.
The other Zimbabwean players at Chiefs are Zhaimu Jambo, Willard Katsande and Mathew Rusike, Nkhatha and outgoing Zvasiya - Herald Sport.