Knowledge Musona

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Knowledge Musona
Knowledge Musona
Knowledge Musona
BornKnowledge Musona
(1990-06-21) June 21, 1990 (age 33)
  • Footballer.
Spouse(s)Daisy Rutendo Takundwa
RelativesWalter Musona

Knowledge Musona is a Zimbabwean footballer who plays for Saudi Professional League club Al Riyadh as a forward.


Musona was born on 21 June 1990 in Norton. He is also the brother to FC Platinum player, Walter Musona.[1]

He got married to Daisy Rutendo Takundwa on 28 May 2016 at Rain Tree Forest.[2]


According to a 2020 article by the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, Knowledge Musona earns €950 000 (R18.85-million) per year, before bonuses, which ranked him amongst the top-five best paid at Anderlecht.

This would mean Musona will walk home with an estimated €20 000 (R400 000) per week until he finds a new club.[3]

Football career

Musona started his football career at Manyame Football Club before moving on to join Haka United.

His way to stardom kicked off at Aces Youth Academy which is well known for having produced some of the country's best and promising footballers such as Wisdom Mutasa, Khama Billiat and George Chigova.[1]

Musona never played in the domestic league and made the move to Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa in 2009 straight from the Aces Academy.[1]

He was an instant hit in the Super Diski scoring goals for chiefs and in the process attracting the attention of various European clubs.

He was eventually signed by the German outfit Hoffenheim where he did not replicate his outstanding performances at Amakhosi. This saw him being loaned to Augsburg.[4]

Musona made a comeback to Amakhosi on a temporary move which saw him featuring for the club for part of the 2014 season.

Although Chiefs had registered their interest to have the player back on a more permanent basis, the striker eventually penned a two and half year contract with KV Oostende OF Belgium.[4] In May 2018 after interest from several clubs, Musona signed for Belgian club RSC Anderlecht.

In the 2020/21 season, Musona was loaned to KAS Eupen.[5]

In June 2021 Musona moved to Saudi Professional League outfit Al-Tai FC ahead of the 2021/22 season.[6]

Musona scored fifteen goals and registered seventeen assists in 55 appearances in which he mostly played as a midfielder for Al Tai.[7] During the 2022/23 season, he netted nine goals and recorded as many assists.

He left Al Tai following a two-year stay at the club and joined Al Riyadh on a one-year contract.

International Career

Musona made his debut for the Warriors on 27 January 2010 in a 2010 World Cup finals preparatory match against South Africa at the Moses Mabhidha Stadium in Durban (SA), which Bafana Bafana won 3-0.[8]

He then made his competitive Warriors debut in the 2012 Nations Cup qualifier against Liberia at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia on 05 September 2010.

Musona scored his first competitive goal for the Warriors in the 1-1 draw with Liberia at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia on 05 September 2010.

Quitting Warriors (2012)

On 03 July 2012, "The Smiling Assasin" in a letter to Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze, said that he was taking a break from international football and would not be available for selection for the Warriors.[9]

Musona stated that he would only reconsider playing for the Warriors again if ZIFA issued a public apology after the association had alleged that he had been involved in match-fixing.

Warriors Captain

He was named Warriors captain in June 2017 by the then National Team coach Norman Mapeza.[10]

Musona took over from Willard Katsande, who retired from international football after playing his last game for the national team, a 4-2 defeat in an AFCON 2017 final group match against Tunisia.

Then Ngezi Platinum captain Patson Jaure was appointed Musona's deputy.

Musona played for Zimbabwe at the 2017 African Cup of Nations, the 2019 African Cup of Nations, and the 2021 African Cup of Nations.

He played 52 matches for the Warriors in total and scored 25 goals.

International Retirement

Musona's final match for the Warriors was a 2-1 win over Guinea at the 2021 AFCON finals at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo on 18 January 2022.

On 19 May 2022, Musona announced his retirement from international football saying he wanted to focus on his career at the club level. He issues a statement that reads:

Dear Zimbabwean Family,

It is with a heavy heart that I officially announce my retirement from national duty with our beloved national football team, the Warriors.

It is a decision that I do not take lightly after representing our beloved country for 12 years, starting with my first appearance on the 3rd of March 2010, in a game versus South Africa.

My time with the Warriors has been an incredible and rewarding journey that I am thankful to have had the opportunity to undertake, one that I only dreamt of achieving early on in my professional career.

I will cherish every moment that I have spent as a member of the team.

I am retiring to concentrate on my career at the club level and to afford my other teammates and rising stars the opportunity to represent our beloved country.

Over the course of my football career with the Warriors, I have been truly blessed in both the low moments and many wonderful highlights.

I will forever look back with great pride on every occasion I represented Zimbabwe having played over 45 games for the team through international friendly matches, Cosafa Cup games, AFCON qualifiers and tournaments, and World Cup Qualifiers.

Mostly, I take immense pride to have captained the team for nearly 5 years.

None of this would have been entirely possible without the support of several instrumental people, whom I wish to thank.

Firstly, and foremost, I would like to thank the Lord Almighty for the love and blessings He showers me with each day of my life.

Secondly, thank you to my wonderful family. I do not have enough words to thank you for your unwavering support and prayers.

You are a priceless gift, greater than anything I can imagine.

For the unending support received from ZIFA and the national team coaches (past and present) who believed in me and offered me the platform to reach my full potential throughout my career and as captain, I will always be grateful.

Looking back over the years that I have proudly represented the Zimbabwe Warriors; I feel fortunate to have played alongside some outstanding players.

A special thank you to all the former captains for helping me develop into the player I am today. To my current teammates, thank you for accepting me as your leader.

Last but not least a massive and heartfelt thank you to all the supporters and fans that have carried me, supported, motivated me through this journey, and been by my side in all the challenges.

My hope, as is for many, is that those charged with the management of our beautiful game and its continuous development across all spheres work together for the greater good of our national team, our international and regional participation, and investment in up-and-coming talent that is abundant in our country.

I look forward to others being afforded the opportunities that I have had to don the colours of the Warriors and successfully represent us on the world stage.

I wish the Warriors all the best in the future as they continue carrying the flame for our country.

I remain available for and close to the Warriors to assist in any capacity where I can.

My Profound Regards,

Knowledge Musona (aka Smiling Assassin)

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Whilst at Kaizer Chiefs, Knowledge Musona ended the 2010/11 campaign as the leading goal scorer in the league with 15 goals, while also bagging the Telkom Knockout trophy.

During a loan stint at Kaizer Chiefs during the 2013/14 season, Musona scored 15 goals in 29 games.[11]

Until 2021, Musona was Kaizer Chiefs’ all-time top-goal scorer in the Caf Champions League with five goals until he was overtaken by center-back Erick Mathoho.[12]

During his loan stint at KAS Eupen, he played 33 games and scored 9 times.[6]



  • Best Newcomer to the South African Premier League-2010
  • Club top goal scorer 2010-2011 season

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Musona was fingered in the Asiagate scandal by ZIFA CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze who alleged that Musona had partaken in a match-fixing deal together with other players such as Nyasha Mushekwi, and Method Mwanjali.

The striker took a temporary break from international duty arguing that he would only reconsider playing for the warriors if ZIFA issued a public apology stating that they erred in implicating him in the scandal.[13]

Betting Scandal

Musona was named among a number of players who have allegedly been placing bets on matches in the Belgian top-flight league.[14]

He however received the backing of his club KV Oostende who revealed that Musona was interviewed by officials from the country’s Gambling Commission and quickly notified them.

Teams Played For

  • Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa)
  • 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany)
  • Augsburg (Germany)
  • KV Oostende (Belgium)
  • RSC Anderlecht (Belgium)
  • Al Tai (Saudi Arabia)
  • Al Riyadh


Musona in action for Amakhosi

Some of Musona's career highlights



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 About, Facebook, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: February 5, 2015.
  2. , Grace Chingoma, Victory on Sunday will give Musona a marriage present, Herald, retrieved 3 June 2016
  3. Musona's staggering wages revealed?, KickOff, Published: May 11, 2020, Retrieved: June 21, 2021
  4. 4.0 4.1 Henry Mhara Musona settles for KV Oostende, NewsDay, Published: December 19, 2014, Retrieved: February 5, 2015
  5. Grace Chingoma, Musona feature under the spotlight, The Herald, Published: June 16, 2021, Retrieved: June 21, 2021
  6. 6.0 6.1 Liam Bekker, Official: Musona's new club confirmed, KickOff, Published: June 28, 2021, Retrieved: June 28, 2021
  7. Knowledge Musona breaks silence on joining new club, Soccer24, Published: 20 July 2023, Retrieved: 21 July 2023
  8. Knowledge Musona, Football Teams, Published: No Date Was Given, Retrieved: 10 February 2023
  9. Musona quits Warriors, The Herald1, Published: 04 July 2012, Retrieved: 10 February 2023
  10. Musona appointed Warriors captain, Soccer241, Published: 07 June 2017, Retrieved: 10 February 2023
  11. Pirates Slayer - Musona Trends As Fans Debate His PSL Legacy, Soccer Laduma, Published: June 8, 2021, Retrieved: June 21, 2021
  12. Michael Madyira, Kaizer Chiefs coach Hunt: Sometimes things do work out, that's why I laughed, Goal, Published: May 16, 2021, Retrieved: June 21, 2021
  13. Robson Sharuko Musona quits Zimbabwe Warriors over Asiagate, Nehanda Radio, Published: July 4, 2012, Retrieved: February 5, 2015
  14. Musona in gambling storm, Herald, published: September 27, 2016, retrieved: September 28, 2016

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