WARRIORS captain Knowledge Musona, is considered arguably one of the most successful players in the history of the South African Absa Premiership, after two highly successful spells with Kaizer Chiefs
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
During his stints in South Africa, the 27 year-old star, who now plays for KV Oostende in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League, helped the Soweto football giants win several trophies, earning him cult hero status among the Amakhosi faithful.
Musona also earned individual accolades such as the 2010 Rookie of the Year award and the highly coveted Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot the following season after scoring 15 goals in 28 league games.
Even though almost four years have passed since Knowledge left the South African shores, the name Musona continues to feature prominently in the Absa Premiership as his younger brother, Walter, is making a name for himself at Polokwane City.
In a rare interview with the South African publication Far Post last week, Walter opened up on how he has coped with the pressure of being compared to his older brother as well as his personal target in his career, which is to be better than his sibling.
“No, I don’t feel any pressure at all, it’s just the surname which is the same, but the type of play is different,” Walter said.
“Knowledge has his own type of play and I have my own type of play. I don’t have pressure; I just have to play my normal game. I don’t have to be like Knowledge, because I can’t be like him.”
“I have to do better than him (Knowledge), that’s my goal. I think I need to work harder to be like him or to be more than him. What he did here I must do more,” Walter continued.
A former Zimbabwe youth international forward, Walter has been enjoying probably his best season in South African football since completing his move from FC Platinum to Rise and Shine in 2016, which has earned him comparisons to Knowledge.
Walter is Polokwane City’s second highest top scorer in the South African Premiership with six goals, five behind teammate Rodney Ramagalela, who is tied with Mamelodi Sundowns’ Percy Tau at the top of the scoring charts.
In January, Walter hogged the limelight after blasting in a Cristiano Ronaldo-esque free kick from around 40 metres out, the ball barely spinning as it found the top corner to beat South Africa’s first-choice goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, an 86-cap veteran, in goal for Kaizer Chiefs.
Although his stock in South African football has been rising with each outing, Walter was a surprise omission from Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa’s squad for the recent international friendlies during the Four Nations Tournament held in Zambia.