Kadewere maintains scoring form amid mixed fortunes for Zim football exports

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By Sports Reporter

ZIMBABWE international striker Tinotenda Kadewere is settling in well at his French Ligue 2 side Le Havre AC after finding the back of the net for the second successive match in a 5-1 win over AS Villers Houlgate in the French Cup match on Saturday.

The 22-year-old former Harare City player’s debut for Le Havre was delayed due to a long term injury he suffered prior to joining the French side.

He appears to have put the setback behind him after scoring in the 83rd minute after connecting a corner kick as Le Havre romped to an impressive win.

It is Kadewere’s second goal in as many matches after scoring his first goal for the club in his first start four days ago in a league match against Chateauroux.

Kadewere has so far made five appearances in all competitions for the French Ligue 2 side.

The recent scoring form will come as a major confidence booster for Kadewere, who had a nightmarish performance in Zimbabwe’s last Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Liberia where they lost 1-0, as he fluffed numerous scoring chances.

The Warriors technical team would be pleased looking ahead to their final and crucial match in Group G against Congo Brazzaville at the National Sports Stadium next year.

In England, Tendayi Darikwa, who has also been in brilliant form recently, played the entire 90 minutes as his Nottingham Forest suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Preston North End.

In Belgium, Warriors midfielder Marvelous Nakamba featured for 87 minutes on Friday as his side Club Brugge suffered a shock 2-1 loss against relegation-threatened Waasland-Beveren.

Nakamba’s consistent performances for Club Brugge have reportedly attracted the interest of two Italian clubs, Torino and Fiorentina.

There was no joy yet again for Warriors captain Knowledge Musona as he continues to be sidelined at Anderlecht, leading to speculation that he could be on his way out of the club he joined in July. Musona was yet again left out of the Anderlecht squad that drew 1-1 against Charleroi.

In South Africa, the Zimbabwean duo of goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze and Talent Chawapiwa won their first silverware in South Africa after their Baroka FC side upstaged giants Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout final on Saturday.

Warriors defender Marshall Munetsi started the match for Orlando Pirates but was shown a red card in the 42nd minute. Baroka capitalised on the numerical advantage as they went on to win the final 3-2 on penalties after the match had ended deadlocked 2-2 in regulation.