BELGIUM-based Warriors forward Knowledge Musona spots jersey number 17 in the senior national team and he is interestingly 17 goals shy of reaching Peter a�?Nsukuzonkea�? Ndlovua��s Warriors record of 38 goals.
Musonaa��s hat-trick when the Norman Mapeza-mentored side thumped visiting Liberia 3-0 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, took his tally to 21 after 39 outings in national team colours.
Musona joined Ndlovu and Vitalis a�?Digitala�? Takawira as the only players to score hat-tricks for the Warriors in competitive matches.
The legendary Ndlovu, now team manager at Mamelodi Sundowns, had 100 caps for the countrya��s flagship team where in the process he scored three goals in the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations contest.
Musona (26), a KV Oostende striker, boasts of a single Afcon goal, a feat that was achieved by the late Adam a�?Admaskia�? Ndlovu, Joel Luphahla (2004), Benjani Mwaruwari (2006) and most recently Kudakwashe Mahachi, Nyasha Mushekwi and Tendai Ndoro (2017).
Warriors interim assistant coach Mandla a�?Lulua�? Mpofu said his wish was to see Musona scoring more goals for the senior national team.
a�?I think Musona is still young to achieve more. While he can score more goals for the senior national team I also dona��t think it will be important for him to focus on surpassing Peter Ndlovu.A� But he has to continue scoring goals.
“He is an experienced player and a hard worker who led by example when we beat Liberia. With the right attitude he will continue to become Zimbabwea��s football darling,a�? said Mpofu.
The calculator suggests that Musonaa��s scoring rate stands at one goal in every 1,8 games while Nsukuzonke scored a goal in every 2,6 Warriors games.
a�?It means a lot because it gives confidence to myself and also to the team. We needed the three points and hopefully in the next games more goals will come. Ia��m very happy, not only for myself, but also for the team because it was contribution from the teammates. I didna��t do it on my own. Like I said before, we worked as a team, and scored the chances that we had,a�? Musona was quoted as saying earlier on this week.
With DRC overcoming Congo Brazzaville 3-1 earlier on Saturday, the victory over the Lone Stars lifted the Warriors to the summit of the group.
Zimbabwea��s next 2019 Afcon match is away to Congo Brazzaville at the Stade Alphonse Massamba-Debat on 27 March next year.
They will then face DRC away on 3 September and play host to the same opponents a week later.
They travel to Liberia on 16 October before concluding their campaign with a home game against Congo-Brazzaville on 13 November.