Beezsports has decided to compile a list of Zimbabwean players who have played regular football for their respective clubs in Europe. We also look at players who are currently enjoying good form for their clubs and give evidence of their good form.
Players competing in reputable leagues in Europe
Knowledge Musona is playing in Germany's Bundesliga for TSG Hoffenheim. The former Kaizer Chiefs striker and South Africa ABSA premiership Golden Boot winner has strugled for game time in Germany. For the entire season, he has been fortunate enough to start two league matches, with the latest being last weekend when his team lost 2-3 at home against Nurnberg. He has made a total of 15 appearances for Hoffenheim, only 2 from the starting line-up and 13 as a substitute. There are unconfirmed reports that Hoffenheim is looking at loaning Musona out to give him ore game time.
Despite his lack of good game time at his Germany Bundesliga club, Musona has proved lethal each time he puts on the Warriors jersey, and has so far scored four goals for the Zimbabwe national soccer team ever since joining Hoffenhiem.
Mike Temwanjira is a regular center forward for FC Vaslui of Romania, a team that qualified for the Europa League this season and competed well. Temwanjira has so far scored a total of 4 league goals and some goals in the Europa League. He is a first choice striker for Vaslui who are gunning for the Liga 1 title in Romania. A big striker who thrives on his strangth, speed and creating chances for other players, Big Mike has had a good season with Vaslui, and is now fighting to crown it with a Liga 1 title. On current form, there is only one better Zimbabwean striker in Europe.
Temwanjira has made 26 appearances for Vaslui, 22 of those being in the starting line-ups, and only four as a substitute from the bench. He has had to deal with injuries as well, but this season he did not struggle much with injuries like last season.
Quincy Antipas has had a fantastic season for SonderjyskE in Denmark, especially in the past few weeks. He scored for the past three consecutive weeks and has been at the centre of SonderjyskE's recent revival and improvement. This season, Antipas has appeared 25 times for his club, 24 of those in the starting line-ups and only one as a substitute. He has had to deal with an injury suffered while turning out for the Warriors. In terms of goals, Antipas is the best Zimbabwean striker in Europe, and has contributed 7 goals for his team in Denmark's Superliga and appears on the Top goal scorers' list in Denmark. Quincy can possibly be a contender for the best performing Zim player in Europe. Its difficult to give that to him given the form of other players like Bradley Pritchard who has won promotion to the Championship in England with Charlton, Costa Nhamoinesu in Poland and Vusa Nyoni in Belgium.
Bradley Prichard stands out of all Zimbabwean players in Europe, given his contribution to the success of former premiership club Charlton. He is currently in scintillating form for Charlton and has been playing some great football of his life in the midfield of Charlton. Having joined a professional league from amateur football early this season, Pritchard has done fairly well by appearing 19 times for Charlton in his maiden season.
Pritchard has been a regular for the past five matches. The Zimbabwean thives on passion and energetic displays, and is an excellent passer of the ball and a real impact player. It is understandable why his coach preferred to bring him on from the bench as he allowed him to get used to the rigours of professional football. It will not be exaggerating things to say that Pritchard probably the best performance of all Zim players in Europe. But that could also be because of the quality squad he joined at Charlton.
Another contender for best performance by a Zimbabean player in Europe is Costa Nhamoinesu of Zaglebie Lubin in Poland. Despite the dip in form for his club which saw them fighting relegation early on in the season, Nhamoinesu has been consistent and is porbably the first name on the coach's line-up. Now that Zaaglebie has hit great form at the right time, Nhamoinesu's contribution and great form has been brought to the fore. The Warriors' defender has even weighed in with important goals for his club from his left back position. He is a great contender for best performing Zim player in Europe.
Costa has the second highest number of appearances for Zaglebie Lubin, appearing 25 times, all 25 being from the starting line-ups, and has contributed 2 important goals for his club as they ascended from the threat of relegation.
Dickson Choto of Legia Warsaw in Poland spent much of this season on the sidelines due to injury and has recently returned to action. He has played some few games and Warriors fans should have been pleased to see him getting involved again in his club's fight to win the Ekstraklasa title in Poland. Legia is leading the log currently. Choto's performance cannot be rated because he hasn't really seen much action for his club, but he is now fit to compete and has played in the last few matches.
Ovidy Karuru's team in the French Ligue 2 has struggled all season and has now been relegated. Karuru however has been in fairly good form for US Bolougne in France despite their troubles on the field of play.
Onismor Bhasera of Argyle has not had the best of the second half of the season in League Two in England. He has played fairly well, but by his high standards a lot better performance was expected from him. He has had to contend with injuries here and there. Bhasera is a player who deserves to compete in the premiership and it is not easy to understand why he has not been able to secure a move to a better league than league two. Plymouth has escaped relegation. Bhasera made a huge contribution in that after appearing 26 times despite an injury at some point, and scoring 1 goal.
Noel Kaseke has had a fairly good season with Omonia Nicosia but the club has hit a bad patch in its fight to retain the title, and it is increasisngly looking unlikely that they will retain their title this season. Kaseke has played 25 games for Nicosia and scored 1 goal.
Another Zim player in Cyprus Edward Masinwa has scored a few goals for his club Ethnikos Achan, and has been slowly establishing himself at his new club. His goals helped his team move away from relegation. Despite appearing only 12 times this season, Masinwa has scored the club's second highest number of goals, that is 3 league goals. The joint top goal scorers have so far scored 4 goals each.
In Sweden, Archcieford Gutu's season is only 8 games old, and the former Ajax Cape Town and Dynamos player has featured about three times for the club.
Musa Mguni was very unfortunate in Russia in that when he had established himself in the first team at Terek Grozny, he got injured while on national duty with Zimbabwe, and is still recovering. Before he got injured, Mguni had made 20 appearances for his club in Russia's Premier League and had scored 2 goals. He had picked up good form by the time he was injured while playing for the Warriors against Burundi in February this year.
Vusa Nyoni has been a stand-out player for his club Germinal Beerschot in Belgium's Jupiler League or Pro-League. Nyoni has made 33 appearances for Beerschot and has scored 4 goals from his attacking midfield position. He could have had the most appearances if it was not for his Warriors commitments. He is also a strong contender for the best performing Zim player in Europe, an award contested for by the likes of Antipas, Temwanjira and definitely Charlton's Pritchard.