Zimbabwean striker ready for Lyon challenge

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Zimbabwean international Tino Kadewere is excited about the new adventure that lies in as he joins Ligue 1 side Olympic Lyon next season.

The newly signed Lyon forward has described the ‘just-ended’ season as his finest after netting 20 goals for Ligue 2 side Le Havre. His consistent scoring form earned him a US$16.6 million (R312 million) move to play in France’s highest football division.

Kadewere signed for Lyon in January and was loaned back to Le Havre for the rest of the season.

“Moving to Lyon is a huge and great opportunity for me and I cannot wait to be starting with them next season. It’s always been my dream to play for a huge club and it’s all because of God,” Kadewere told Sunday Mail.

He is unfazed by the big names he will compete with for a starting place at Lyon.

Les Gones, as his new club are affectionately known, have former Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore and one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe, Moussa Dembele, in their roster.

“You’ve to play with the best for you to become the best. I’m glad I will be linking up with world football stars,” he said.

The Warriors forward will also link up with the former Manchester United pair of winger Memphis Depay and right-back Rafael da Silva.

However, he will be disappointed to miss out on the 2020-2021 Champions League after Ligue 1 was ended abruptly with his new club perched on seventh place.

Kadewere’s 20 goals came in the 24 matches he featured in, with six of them being penalties. Le Havre ‘finished’ sixth on the log, having won 11 of the fixtures, drew 11 times and lost six in the 20-team League.

Meanwhile, the former Harare City goal poacher was last week handed the Golden Boot following the cancellation of the season due to the Covid-19 disease, which had claimed 25 594 lives in France as of Sunday morning.

The French Ligue 2 was initially suspended on March 13 with 10 games remaining as the deadly pandemic swept across the Western Europe country.

“I am also very sad that we didn’t manage to finish the season because I would have loved to make history with the club. I’m very proud to be crowned top goal scorer. It’s a huge achievement for me and I’m also happy to be making Zimbabweans proud,” he added.

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By Mthokozisi Dube 

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