Know your Warriors: Maswanhise on the move

28 Apr, 2024 - 00:04 0 Views
Know your Warriors: Maswanhise on the move Tawanda Maswanhise

The Sunday News

Warriors: Innocent Kurira, Sports Reporter

ZIMBABWE national soccer team prospect Tawanda Maswanhise is on trial at a lower division English club Stockport, as he targets to seal a deal.

At present, he is training with the team and has already featured for the B Team where he scored a hat-trick against Brentford B and another goal against Burnley Academy.

Maswanhise is expected to be released by Leicester City Academy according to some media reports.

He will be looking to earn more senior team minutes next season after failing to break into the Foxes’ first team.

Stockport will be playing in the English League One next season after winning the League Two championship, with some games to spare.

The Zimbabwe-born England-based starlet is on record expressing his desire to play for the Zimbabwe national team.

The 21-year-old winger has spent over 10 years in the Leicester City development structures and has made huge progress at the Foxes, to the point of being included in the Premier League match day squad for the first team.

Maswanhise also won the Leicester development side Player of the Year, last season.

The youngster, who was born in Zimbabwe and moved to the United Kingdom at the age of two, has previously been targeted by Warriors coaches, including Norman Mapeza, before the 2021 Afcon finals in Cameroon.

Following on from seven Under-18s appearances in his breakthrough season of 2019/20, Maswanhise made his Development Squad debut against West Ham United in March 2021, while also being named on the bench for a Premier League fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford two months later.

His involvement for the Under-18s increased across 2020/21 too, with 20 league appearances bringing six assists and a goal.

The 2021/22 season was another campaign of positive progress for the young Leicester City forward.

Starting on a high following, his impressive showings with the first team in pre-season training, the 19-year-old looked comfortable in League 2 and the Papa Johns Trophy, featuring in all 29 of the Development Squad’s competitive fixtures.

Making his mark on the scoresheet 10 times in League 2, the attacker, who usually plays off the left but can also be deployed down the middle, netted several important goals, including some superb individual efforts nominated for the Club’s Goal of the Month competitions.

In the 2022/23 and the Zimbabwean again made positive in-roads, finding the net in all of City’s opening six fixtures across two competitions. — @innocentskizoe

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