HARARE – Some sportsmen are only remembered when their more famous siblings are mentioned, but Walter Musona wants to forge his own path and create a dazzling piece of history.
And who can stand to say otherwise especially given the maturity the 18-year-old has shown in his short but eventful time in the Castle Premiership with the Motor Action.
SHAPING OWN FUTURE: Walter Musona, right, beats Highlanders defender Bruce Kangwa during Sunday’s match at Rufaro Stadium. Picture: Annie Mpalume
The brother of Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwe striker Knowledge Musona, Walter showed why he is becoming the target of many top-flight teams after a dominant display against Highlanders on Sunday that belied his age.
The former Lord Malvern pupil, plucked from the talent rich Aces Youth Academy with the enormous task of rescuing Motor Action from the jaws of relegation, put on a sterling performance down the right wing.
It was no surprise when Musona equalised with a stunning free-kick 30 minutes into the match to cancel out Master Masitara’s 15th minute header for Highlanders. The match was drawn one all.
The Mighty Bulls continued looking impressive with Musona, Scholar Hadebe and Wisdom Mutasa making some delightful touches in midfield.
Musona grew in confidence in the second half, where he was in irresistible form on the right wing.
On a number of occasions the former Coca Cola Under-16 star, who had a short training stint at Chelsea in 2011, reduced Warriors left-back Bruce Kangwa to a mere spectator.
On 55 minutes, the Aces Youth Academy product left the usually reliable Kangwa for dead before sending an inviting cross to an unmarked Mandirenga.
But the Motor Action striker failed to at least direct his effort on target with the Bosso defence out at sea.
The 18-year-old was on the prowl once again in the 71st minute, wrong footing Mthulusi Maphosa before going on a solo run and chipping a pass to Wisdom Mutasa.
The delightful through ball left Mutasa one-on-one with Diya.
But the son of Dynamos legend Lloyd Mutasa was stopped in his tracks by an alert Diya, who rushed off to thwart the impeding danger.
The Young Warriors forward limped off the pitch seven minutes before regulation time, but he had done enough to receive a standing ovation from a group of CAPS United and Dynamos supporters, who were part of the crowd at Rufaro stadium.
Walter said his brother Knowledge is his biggest role model.
“I want to do better than my brother though,” Musona said.
“It’s all about confidence. I think if I keep playing like this I will attract the interest of more teams.
So far I don’t know where I will be heading to after this season ends. It’s all up to my academy.”
Motor Action coach David George said Musona was headed for dizzy heights if he kept a cool head.
“If he doesn’t grow a big head he will go far. He is a good player but with his age, he should remain level-headed,” George said.