By Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE international striker Tinotenda Kadewere continued his gradual rise in European football after signing for French Ligue 2 club Le Havre from Swedish Allsvenskan side Djurgårdens on Friday.
The 22-year-old, who was topping the Swedish top scorer’s charts with eight goals from 12 starts before suffering a serious knee injury last month, completed his big move for a fee reported to be over 20 million Swedish Krona (around € 2 million).
Djurgårdens sports director Bosse Andersson confirmed Kadewere departure, describing the sale of the former Harare City forward as the biggest sale in the club’s history.
“Absolutely, it’s more than 20 million. This is one of Djurgårdens biggest sales in history. We feel proud,” “Andersson told the Swedish publication Sportbladet in reference to Kadewere’s sale.
“It’s always sad to lose good football players and especially with Tino. He has been here for three seasons and had a fantastic spring and of course it will be one of the biggest affairs of the association,” Djurgårdens sports director Bosse Andersson said.
He added: “This shows that we are a club daring and that we put the players at the center. Djurgården is a fantastic step forward in Europe. It’s always sad to lose good football players, but Tino has made a professional impression and we’ve had a good discussion with them (Le Havre). Tino has had an incredible development and we have great respect for the patience he showed. This was an easy decision, and we just want to thank him for his time at the club,” he said.
Kadewere, who joined Djurgårdens in 2015, said he would miss the club.
“To me, this is good and bad news at the same time. I honestly do not know how to handle me without the players in the team, the supporters and everyone around. I’ve loved being a part of this family but this is the football and I hope I can develop in Le Havre in the same way that I have done in Djurgården,” Kadewere told Djurgårdens website.
Kadewere was also a key figure for the Warriors as they retained the Cosafa Cup in June and is expected to play a key role during Zimbabwe’s qualification campaign for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Le Havre, who play in Ligue 2, the second level of French football were so eager to sign the Zimbabwean forward despite the fact that he is still undergoing rehabilitation for a knee injury.