Musonda reveals what’s more important for his next move

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Zambian international striker Mwape Musonda is back in South Africa following a stint in the UAE as well as Saudi Arabia during the past season.

Musonda was sold to UAE Pro League side, Hatta by Black Leopards at the end of the 2019/20 season.

But the 30-year-old struggled for game time at the club, making 12 appearances with one goal, which resulted in him being loaned to the Prince Mohammad bin Salman League (the Saudi Arabian first division).

The 2018/19 PSL Golden Boot winner has been linked with a move back to South Africa.

During an interview with FARPost on Thursday, Musonda opened up about his experience in the Gulf region.

“In terms of my first season there, I would say I struggled a bit to adjust because even as much as football is the same everywhere but there is a different tempo about all the different leagues in the world,” he said.

“By the time I adjusted the team was already under pressure because we were not winning games. They also had to change the coach that took me there so the new coach came in with his own players because he wanted to save his own job. So, it was understandable, no hard feelings, I had to move on.”

The Black Leopards all-time top goalscorer who has been training with his former team in Polokwane to keep fit tells this publication that for him to stay in the country or return overseas will depend on who comes with a better offer.

“The other thing that tops it all is the financial aspect, we play for money. There is life after football, so you need to make sure that you are secured, after football you don’t want to come back and ask for cooldrink from people, it’s shameful.

“So, to avoid that I think you need to make sure that you go for the money. It doesn’t matter where you play for me that is what is important. Obviously, I am married here (SA), my wife is from here, so I came back to see my wife. Obviously, while I am here, I am open to listening to offers, if anyone is interested in signing me, we can always talk and if the offer is something, I am happy about then why not?” added Musonda.

“But like I told you, it’s about the money. So, If I don’t get something that interests me then I will have to go back and secure my future (laughs).”

#FARPost sources confirmed this week that AmaZulu are keen on signing him.

During his four-season stay at Leopards Musonda scored 65 goals and overtook club legend Mulondo Sikhwivhilu, who scored 44 goals.

As a sign of respect for his contribution, Leopards decided not to use the 11 jersey which the player used to wear during the past season. It’s unclear if the jersey has been permanently retired.

Musonda also told this publication that his desire would be to finish his career at Leopards.

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By Ofhani Munyai