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Musona to the rescue as Riyadh earn draw

Story by Raynald Ngwarati

FORMER Zimbabwe national men’s football team captain, Knowledge Musona has made a stunning return to the scoresheet after earning Al Riyadh a much-needed point at home to Al Raed in the Saudi Pro League on Friday.

The two teams who are currently level on points, separated by just goal difference had a toe-to-toe encounter which ended 1-1 as they sought to place themselves further adrift of the drop zone.

Raed proved equal to the task in the early exchanges and looked destined to go four points clear above the relegation slots, but the party was spoilt later on by the Former Warriors hit man.

The ‘Smiling Assassin’ as Musona is known in football circles delivered when it mattered the most for Al Riyadh with an 83rd-minute goal to finally break his goal-scoring drought.

Musona who last found the back of the net in August 2023, broke the jinx in front of the goal with a scintillating strike on Friday much to the delight of the home fans as Al Riyadh avoided defeat.

With exceptional precision, Musona expertly curled the dead ball from a wide area into the far top corner, finding the back of the net with a remarkable free-kick.

The sensational strike was enough for Riyadh to deny Raed the three points at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium as it cancelled out Karim El Berkaoui’s 38th-minute opener.

The goal was Musona’s second campaign in the Saudi Pro League for Al Riyadh having switched base from Al Tai who are currently involved in a relegation battle as well.

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