CHICKEN Inn boss, Joey Antipas, said FC Platinum’s Walter Musona was too good to fail in Supa Diski.
The forward made a surprise return home after enduring career-threatening injuries in South Africa. He wasted no time in reintroducing himself on the domestic football scene by scoring 14 times to scoop the Soccer Star of the Year gong.
His contribution propelled the Zvishavane side to a record-equalling fourth straight league title.
Antipas gave Musona his Castle Lager Premiership debut when he was in charge of the now defunct Motor Action in 2013.
At the time, the 26-year-old was just a raw talent and a promising prospect.
His rise was always tough as he was compared with his brother, Knowledge.
Musona is the first player from the list of players handed top-flight league debuts by Antipas to win the PSL Soccer Star of the Year prize.
Ironically, in his debut season, he scored a brilliant free-kick to dent Highlanders’ quest for the title and Dynamos emerged winners.
During the last campaign, he netted a stoppage time free-kick to deny Bosso a top four finish.
“I was surprised when he came back home.
“I thought South African teams were going to fight for his signature when he was rumoured to be on his way back because he is a top talent.
“He was still a young boy when I worked with him at Motor Action, coming from the hands of Marc Duvillard’s AYSA Academy, together with Wisdom Mutasa and Donovan Bernard.
“He was a schoolboy back then but he had a big heart and good attitude for the game.”
When the Mighty Bulls collapsed, Musona moved to FC Platinum.
Antipas hailed FC Platinum coach, Norman Mapeza, for transforming Musona into a better player.
“I knew from back then that he would make a name for himself, just like elder brother Knowledge. “I saw that he was a rare talent and it was just a matter of time for him to get the credit he deserves.
“Coach Mapeza polished him up to be the player he is today and I want to urge the boy to stay focused and continue playing until he gets another break,” he said.
He said Musona deserved the Soccer Star of the Year accolade.
“I would say he deserved the accolade because of his consistent form, goals and assists which inspired his team to win the championship.”
His camp confirmed to H-Metro that no offer has been officially tabled for Musona.
is contract with the Zvishavane platinum miners is set to expire at the end of the 2023 season.
And, reports are linking him with a return to South Africa with several clubs said to be keen to land him.