Tino Kadewere hopes to shine for Warriors
WARRIORS forward Tino Kadewere is hoping he can translate his club form onto the international stage when Zimbabwe take on Algeria in back-to-back 2022 Afcon qualifiers this week.
The first game is on Thursday at the July 5 Stadium in Algiers before the two teams meet in Harare for the second match at the National Sports Stadium next Monday.
Kadewere will head into both matches high on confidence after his brace on Sunday night propelled Lyon to a 2-1 derby win over St Etienne.
The striker is expected to arrive in Harare today together with fellow France-based midfielder Marshall Munetsi as well as Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba and Turkey-based defender Teenage Hadebe.
The European-based contingent will link up with the rest of the squad before flying to Algiers tonight on a charter flight ahead of Thursday night’s match.
Kadewere is yet to shine in the green and gold shirt since breaking into the Warriors set-up. However, successive Warriors coaches from Kalisto Pasuwa, Sunday Chidzambwa, Joey Antipas and now Zdravko “Loga” Logarusic have continued to show faith in him.
With his recent jump from Ligue 2 with Le Havre and now playing with the big boys in Ligue 1 with Lyon, all eyes will
be on Kadewere, especially after his double on Sunday night.
The former Harare City forward was introduced as a 57thminute substitute after replacing Moussa Dembele as Lyon trailed after goalkeeper Anthony Lopes’ first half own goal.
Kadewere wasted no time as he got the equaliser just eight minutes after coming on when he got to the end of Maxwell Cornet’s exquisite cross.
The Warriors forward completed his brace in the 74th minute with an individual solo effort which saw him race past two defenders following a quick free kick with Cornet on the left side.
Kadewere then sneaked in his shot between the near post and St Etienne goalkeeper Jessy Moulin