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Costa Nhamoinesu joins Indian Super League side

By Mutsa Makuvaza

FORMER Warriors defender Costa Nhamoinesu has joined Kerala Blasters FC, a club in the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL), the club has Ann on their website.

This comes as the 34-year-old former Masvingo United star legt Czech Republic side Sparta Prague in July after having spend the last seven years there, since joining from Polish side Zagłębie Lubin in July 2013.

“Kerala Blasters FC is excited to announce the signing of the Zimbabwean Defender, Costa Nhamoinesu for the upcoming season of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL),” said the club, adding that Nhamoinesu was a legend, leader and true warrior who will marshal the club’s defence in the coming season.

Karolis Skinkys, the Sporting Director of Kerala Blasters FC, said: “I am extremely happy to sign a player of great calibre as Costa. Having captained the Czech football giants, Sparta Prague with over 200 appearances for the club, Costa bringsin a mixture of experience and rich expertise to our squad.

“His achievement is Europe is impressive and is reflective of his character andtalent. We look forward to working with him for the upcoming season.”

Nhamoinesu told the club website that he was intrigued and fascinated by his newfound teammates and fans.

“Kerala Blasters has a fantastic plan for the season. I’m intrigued and fascinated to meet my new teammates, learn new cultures and do my best to help the club achieve their goals. I’m also very impressed by the vibe that is presented by the fans.

“I strongly believe that a club with such a vibrant,strong, energetic and passionate fanbase deserves great performances on the pitch!

“I would like to thank the management for believing in me and my agent for familiarizing me with the culture around the club. Looking forward to learn more about Kerala and the club. One love, YELLOW ARMY!”, said an excited Costa on signing for KBFC.

Costa Nhamoinesu will join the Kerala Blasters FC squad as an experienced centre back with the most number of appearances at the Sparta Prague as a foreign player and will look to lead the back line and impart his knowledge to the young Indian defenders over the course of the season.

He is strong in the air and his strength makes him a solid presence inside the box at both ends.

Nhamoinesu started his senior footballing career with the now defunct Zimbabwean side AmaZulu before jumping ship to Masvingo United. He then moved to Poland on loan in 2007 with KS Wisla Ustronianka, after a season in the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League.

In 2008, Costa spent the next two seasons on loan with the Polish side Zaglebie Lubin and his strong performances earned him a permanent deal with the club. While at Lubin, he became the most highly rated centre backs in the Polish League with 136 appearances and five goals for the club.

In 2013, Costa moved to the Czech Republic side Sparta Prague seeking an exit from Poland. In his seven seasons at the club, the imposing defender made over 200 appearances and also captained his side during the club’s Europa League and UEFA Champions League campaigns over the years. He even showcased his strength in the air as he scored 9 times over the same period.

Sparta Prague released him at the end of July this year.

Early this year, Nhamoinesu attained a Master Diploma in Sports Management with the prestigious Johan Cruyff Institute which is based in Barcelona, Spain.

Football in India has grown in stature, and popularity, in the last few years since the formation of the modern Indian Super League in 2013.

The Indian Super League has provided home to Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos, Robbie Keane, Alessandro Del Piero, Robert Pires, David Trezeguet, David James, Nicolas Anelka and his French compatriot Florent Malouda.

Former Sweden captain and Arsenal star, Freddie Ljungberg, Diego Forlán, Helder Postiga, Asamoah Gyan, John Anne Riise and Dimitar Berbatov are also some of the players who featured in the Indian Super League towards the end of their careers. – Zimbabwe Voice / Agencies

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