By ZBC Reporter
TINOTENDA Kadewere’s highly publicised move to Lyon has generated excitement among the Kadewere family who have attributed the forward’s success to hard work.
The dusty and pothole riddled streets in Highfield is where it all began for Tinotenda Kadewere who was bred in Highfield, a community with a rich football culture. Despite the demise of some formidable teams such as Black Aces and Sporting Lions there is still hope for budding footballers who are being inspired by the achievements of Kadewere who this week sealed a move to French giants Olympique Lyon.
Highfield High 1 school was where Tinotenda Kadewere honed his skills under the watchful eye of his late father Onias, and years after all the hard work success is beginning to follow the warriors forward.
Tinashe Mhuru one of Kadewere’s teammates at Highfield academy is proud of his former teammate’s achievements
“I remember when we were still kids and playing at Highfield academy. You could see how disciplined and hardworking Tinotenda was. You could tell he had something special about him it has not come as a surprise to see him achieve what he is achieving, I am happy for him, ” he said.
After becoming one of the few Zimbabwean footballers to sign for a club as big as Olympique Lyon, Tino’s brother Prince Kadewere is not surprised by his sibling’s achievements.
“We have always known that his talent will take him places. He is extremely talented. We prayed long and hard as a family about this. Our older brother Prosper was a good player but he got injured, I also incurred a similar injury but we kept on praying for Tinotenda and we are glad that he is excelling, ” said Kadewere’s elder brother.
While some footballers have become wayward after going abroad, a humble character has kept the Warriors forward conscious of his responsibilities back home, a trait Kadewere’s older brother says was instilled by their father.
“Our father instilled a sense of respect within us. Tinotenda does not make any decision without consulting us. He first consults before doing anything because our big brother has a big say when it comes to decision making. This is how we were brought up and it has allowed Tinotenda to remain humble” added Kadewere’s elder brother.
Kadewere is set to earn 42,000 us dollars a week making him the second-highest-paid Zimbabwean after Marvelous Nakamba who takes home 67,000 us dollars a week at English premiership side Aston Villa.
With 18 goals from 20 matches in the French Ligue 2, Kadewere is set to end the season at Le Havre after Lyon agreed to loan the lanky forward until the end of the season. When the season ends the Warriors’ striker is then expected to begin life at his new club, Lyon.
By ZBC Reporter