CHICKEN Inn head coach Joey Antipas reckons new signing Simon a�?Yolaa�? Munawa is a quality player that Highlanders should not have parted ways with.
Munawa, a player who produced top drawer performances for Bosso before he joined Gamecocks early this year, was on top of his game last Sunday in a Bulawayo derby tie between Highlanders and Chicken Inn.
He went on to score for his new paymasters in a match that ended 2-2.
a�?Simon is a quality player. He is a great ball player. I dona��t know why Highlanders let him go. He has been doing well for us,a�? said Antipas.
Better known as Yola, Munawa, a Nguboyenja-bred footie star who is endowed with good ball control, purposeful combative and creative play can pack powerful shots and score spectacular goals.
The ones that quickly come to mind trended on YouTube a�� a beautiful overhead kick at Barbourfields on September 17, 2015 and his wonder strike from outside the box that nestled at the top of the upright corner when Bosso beat Ngezi Platinum 2-1 at Emagumeni in a match that was broadcast live on Supersport.
Our sister paper Sunday Mail once wrote that more often than not, Munawaa��s craft went unnoticed and he had what it takes to decide the outcome of big matches just like what he did last Sunday when he got the all important equaliser for Gamecocks.
Munawa has risen from being an ordinary boy from Nguboyenja high-density suburb into a midfield workhorse described by Bossoa��s former coach Erol Akbay as the best d-link player in the Premiership.
a�?Simon is a very good player, I am happy with him. He is a big game player, very influential.
Because of his presence we can initiate some dangerous attacks. For me he is the best defensive linkman in the league. The boy is also good at passing, very strong physically which makes up for his lack of speed,a�? Akbay was once quoted as saying.
The 29-year-old Munawa once turned out for the now defunct AmaZulu, Zimbabwe Saints, Underhill and Shooting Stars.