Nyirenda encourages Musonda to join Chiefs

Former Kaizer Chiefs player Wedson Nyirenda has encouraged compatriot Mwape Musonda to join Kaizer Chiefs if he has the chance to do so.

Black Leopards striker Musonda is the Absa Premiership's leading goalscorer, with 13 goals. In his time as Zambian national team coach, Nyirenda had experience of coaching Musonda, whom he believes has all the attributes to play in the 'big leagues'.

The Leopards frontman first entered the South African soccer scene in 2015 when he joined Orlando Pirates from Zanaco in the Zambian league. But he did not do enough to convince the Soweto giants of his quality at the time and was loaned out to Golden Arrows.

The 28-year-old was then deemed surplus to requirements at Arrows and joined Leopards in 2016, who were in the NFD at the time, where he helped them secure promotion with an impressive tally of 15 goals, finishing as the league's top-scorer alongside Highlands Park's Peter Shalulile.

"Mwape is a beast, he has all the marks of a striker," Nyirenda told KickOff.com.

"I like his instincts, he is not a coward. He knocks on goals until he gets it. I remember when we played first leg against Leopards he just came from an injury and he played a few minutes and the fans were booing him. I said 'I wish they knew what they wanted to throw away'.

"At the Zambian national team I called him into the team but he was low due to the hamstring injury he had, so I couldn't push him much. I think he has so much future ahead of him. He just has to keep working hard as ever... keep his discipline. In no time he will find himself in the big leagues."

There has been frenetic speculation linking the striker with a move to Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the season. Nyirenda says Musonda should jump at the chance if an offer from Naturena came in.

"Mwape is a household name in Zambia," Nyirenda says. "Zambians are passionate about football and they appreciate good players. Kaizer Chiefs is a dream team for any player. It is at another level. I would say 'take it son' if it comes your way."