The 22-year-old Zimbabwe international forward joined French League 2 side Le Havre from Swedish top-flight league outfit Djurgardens last month
Zimbabwe international striker Tino Kadewere says he chose to sign for Le Havre to follow in the footsteps of Paul Pogba and Riyad Mahrez who came through the ranks of the French League 2 side.
Kadewere last month sealed a four-year-deal with modest club Le Havre who are famous for nurturing a number of stars who later became global football icons.
France World Cup winning stars like Pogba, Steve Mandanda and Benjamin Mendy as well as Manchester City’s Mahrez and Marseille forward Dimitry Payet are some of Le Havre graduates currently playing at the highest level.
Faced with the opportunity to play for a club which boasts a rich history, Kadewere said he felt inspired to move to France.
“As a football player you have to look at the history of the club,” Kadewere told the club’s official website.
“The players that came here before and when I looked at where they are playing now, it is what gave me a thought that I can come here and develop as a young player.
“Le Havre can give me a great opportunity to go to another level. Looking at players who played here before like Pogba and Mahrez you see where they are playing now. If I do my best I can go to a big level. But at the moment my focus is to help the team to go to League 1.”
To him, playing in France is also a dream come true after trials with another League 2 side Sochaux did not yield any move three years ago.
Interest in Kadewere grew in May when he scored eight goals in 12 games for Djurgardens to lead the Swedish Allsvenskan scoring charts.
“I had so many offers from elsewhere. There other ones from Belgium were Standard Liege and KV Oostende and also a team in the Emirates. I chose Le Havre because of the history of the club. It doesn’t matter we play in League 2 but I know the team has the capacity to go to League 1.”
He is expected to play a central role in Zimbabwe’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign, starting with September’s visit to Congo Brazzaville.