Zimbabwe’s first football player to play in the French Ligue 1, Benjani Mwaruwari has hailed Tino Kadewere’s rapid rise at Olympique Lyon, but has warned him to stay focused.
Mwaruwari, whose career started blossoming at Jomo Cosmos in 1999, also had a spell in Ligue 1 where he turned out for AJ Auxerre, a stint he says he enjoyed after taking advantage of Djibril Cisse’s injury.
“I was not like Kadewere who was scouted for by Lyon from a lower Division side in France. Kadewere is in his own class, he is a quality player who has adjusted to the great demands of French football, a league that has technical gifted and skilful players,” said Mwaruwari.
The 24-year-old was recently voted the club’s Best Signing of the Year via an Olympique Lyon social media poll for his dazzling displays in his debut season in Ligue 1.
“Kadewere has done so well and my hope is that he will keep on scoring. He needs to maintain that consistency. He should just concentrate on his game, work hard and avoid getting distracted,” the former Portsmouth and Manchester City striker said.
Kadewere has been sensational in front of goal netting seven times and providing three assists in 16 outings. He joined Lyon from French second-tier side Le Havre for a fee around US$16.5 million. The move came after he excelled in Ligue 2 where he bagged 20 goals from 24 outings.
Mwaruwari hopes the Lyon forward will take his club form to the national team as they fight to qualify for the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.
“I hope he brings that positive attitude and great form to the national squad, combining with Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat.”
Kadewere will be back in action on January 6 when log leaders Lyon take on Lens in a league match. They will be aiming to cement their lead at the top of the log with 36 points from 17 matches.
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By FARPost Reporter