In South Africa, it has been revealed that “Chicken” was the code-name used to refer to money in bribing high ranking officials within the government in a scandal unfolding in front of Deputy Chief Justice President Raymond Zondo.
But in faraway Belgium, a different kind of chicken has knocked down popular Zimbabwe national football captain – Knowledge Musona – who has been side-lined for at least a month due to chickenpox.
According to www.newzimbabwe.com, the Warriors captain, frustrated by lack of game time at Anderlecht, requested a loan to struggling Lokeren but his aims of hitting the ground running evaporated when he was diagnosed with chickenpox.
Musona was absent when his struggling side was hammered 3-0 by Zulte-Waregem at home last week and beleaguered coach Glen De Boeck revealed that the 28-year old is expected to be out of action for some weeks.
It is not clear how and when he contacted the contagious disease but it is suspected that it must have been during December when he travelled to Nigeria on a pilgrimage to visit Evangelist pastor TB Joshua, probably seeking divine intervention on his stalled career.
“He’s been sick since this week and it looks like he’s been suffering from chickenpox, so it’ll be out for a few weeks,” De Boeck told the Belgian publication Walfoot. “But anyway, one player cannot make a difference in our struggle for survival.”
The illness comes after Musona endured a nightmare debut for his new club Sporting Lokeren after a 4-1 thrashing away to AS Eupen two weeks ago.
According to reports from Belgium, Lokeren, who anchor the log-standings with 14 points from 23 games, paid a loan fee of around €500000 for Musona’s move which will run until June 30.
Musona decided to leave Anderlecht, a side he joined at the start of the season, as he had been reduced to a fringe player, having failed to replicate the form he enjoyed during his stay at previous club KV Oostende.