Walter Mokoena says Nyasha Mushekwi better than Knowledge Musona
Posted: 11 February 2011 Time: 7:10 am
South African football agent Walter Mokoena is tipping Mamelodi Sundowns Zimbabwean striker Nyasha Mushekwi to go further on the international scene than his countryman at Kaizer Chiefs, Knowledge Musona.
"Mushekwi's advantage, from the little that I have seen of him, is his build because he is big and powerful and that's what European clubs want in players, especially the strikers. "European clubs want a striker whose presence is felt in the box and who is not easily pushed away by the defenders." Mokoena manages a number of South African Premiership players including Chiefs' Mandla Masango and Thabang Rooi of Black Aces, Maritzburg United’s Diyo Sibisi and Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates. _quote
"There is no questioning that Musona is exciting and he has this X-factor which means that he is likely to produce something magical, at any minute, when he is in the box," said Mokoena. "He has proved his class in South Africa and I know him well because I first saw him when he played for the Zimbabwe Under-17 against South Africa in a Cosafa match and he came in as a substitute and scored three times. "I tracked him back to Zimbabwe and made some contacts but I was not involved when he eventually came to Chiefs. But I think he remains a lightweight, in terms of his physical features, and if he improves his strength then he could brighten his chances of a move to Europe. "But he is young, which is good, and I think Chiefs are working with him on that." While Musona has been capturing all the headlines in South Africa and is now the golden boy of the League, it is Mushekwi who has been drawing the interests of European teams. A number of African agents, who are based in Paris, also told The Herald last week that while there has been a buzz about Musona in South Africa, and his profile has been forwarded to some European teams, there are concerns among the clubs that he appears lightweight to make an impact in the physical leagues of Europe. Apparently French club Lille tracked Musona last year and, after studying a number of videos presented to them about the player, they decided that while he was deadly in the box, his small frame would make him struggle against the tough defenders of Ligue.
WHAT DO YOU THINK: Does Mokoena make sense with what he is saying?