Tanchot not surprised by Kadewere’s Lyon impact


Tino Kadewere’s former coach at French Ligue 2 side Le Havre, Dean Oswald Tanchot says he is not surprised by his blistering start to life at Olympique Lyon.

Kadewere joined the 2019/20 Uefa Champions League semi-finalists during the shortened pre-season and is enjoying an explosive start in the French top-flight league. The former Harare City star is fast establishing himself in the Lyon line-up.

In fact, some football followers were cynical when the 24-year-old made the switch from Ligue 2, questioning his pedigree alongside world class stars including Moussa Dembele, Memphis Depay and Cameroonian Karl Toko Ekambi.

But in recent weeks, he has given Rudi José Garcia a selection headache after notching three goals in four outings.

And Kadewere’s former coach at Le Havre, Tanchot, told Europsport at the weekend that he was not surprised by the Zimbabwean’s quick adaptation to top level competition.

Tanchot, who is now in charge of another Ligue 2 outfit, believes the Warriors forward has justified the 12 million euros (R220 million) gamble made by Olympique Lyonnais because of his hard work.

“He’s a very co-ordinated boy who had a great first touch of the ball. I thought he was very complete. He was able to create chances and was able to finish the last pass. It was not formatted and had above all a feline side. He was always smiling, open and in a good mood. He immediately integrated himself by learning French and bringing his wife and son to (the country).”

“He’s a fine boy who lacked power when he arrived. On the game itself, it is complete without having a huge strength. He is skilful on both feet,” said Tanchot.

Kadewere was the trump card at Le Havre last season, scoring an impressive 20 goals from 24 outings.

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By FARPost Reporter

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