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ZIMBABWE international striker Nyasha Mushwekwi might be on the mend following a long spell on the sidelines, but the Mamelodi Sundowns forward still faces an unclear destiny as the January transfer window beckons.

Mushekwi has been out of action since February when he damaged his cruciate ligament while on loan at Belgian Pro-League side KV Oostende.

Efforts to get him back in action much earlier have hit a snag, with the 27-year-old former CAPS United and Warriors striker taking long to regain full fitness.

Although he has been training with Sundowns following his return to South Africa, Mushekwi still found himself not registered with the Brazilians for the 2014-1015 season, as he is not in coach Pitso Mosimane’s plans.

Mosimane has also already exhausted his foreign quota, which includes Liberian Anthony Laffor, Nigerian Ejike Uzoenyi and the Zimbabwean trio of Cuthbert Malajila, Kuda Mahachi and Khama Billiat. The long spell on the injury list, and his failure to break into the Sundowns first team, has left Mushekwi virtually in limbo, although he is still contracted to the Brazilians. His long spell on the injury list also meant that Mushekwi could not secure a return to Oostende.

Instead, the Belgian outfit this week settled for another Zimbabwean striker — Knowledge Musona — with Oostende paying 500 000 Euros to secure the former Kaizer Chiefs hitman from German Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim.

Musona, just like Mushekwi, has had a frustrating three-and-a-half years in Europe, as his stint at Hoffenheim was a flop, while injury stalled his hunt for a European club during the European summer.

Media reports have quoted Mushekwi’s agent Ralph Nkomo indicating that there is still hope for a return to Belgium for the former CAPS United striker.

He has been linked with a move to another Belgian Jupiler Pro League side, Cercle Brugge.

Nkomo is reportedly pursuing a January move for Mushekwi, but until that happens, the player would have to be content with just being a part of the training squad. Mushekwi’s Sundowns contract expires in June, although the club can exercise an option of adding another season.

Nkomo said Cercle Brugge, who are struggling in the Pro League in which they are 15th with just 19 points, are keen on acquiring the 27-year-old Mushekwi.

“He has to start playing in January without fail,” Nkomo said.

“The chances are very good that he can permanently join Cercle Brugge. Next week we will start talking to Sundowns regarding that possibility.

“We want to avoid complications as much as possible because we could have sealed a permanent move to Oostende last January, but nothing concrete came up.

“There is also another club that is keen on him, but we cannot name it at the moment. That club wants to sell one of their strikers and that is why they prefer to be anonymous at the moment.

“The striker is not even half of Mushekwi’s capabilities,” Nkomo said.

Sources in South Africa also said yesterday that although Mushekwi and his agent may now be targeting a Cercle Brugge switch, that would also have to depend on the Belgian club agreeing terms with Sundowns.

“Nyasha needs to play competitive football in order to regain match fitness. It all depends with the people at Sundowns in terms of how much money they would want for his transfer and whether that will be in South Africa or outside of the country,” the sources said.

Mushekwi’s fellow Zimbabwean and Sundowns club mate Method Mwanjali is still on the Brazilians’ books and has handed a transfer request.

Source : The Herald

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