Costa Nhamoinesu

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Costa Nhamoinesu‎

‘’’Costa Nhamoinesu’’’ was born on 6 January 1986 in Harare, he currently plays football for Sparta Praha [1] in Czech Republic’s Synot Liga as a left back. He is currently one of the top rated defenders in the Czech top league & became the second Zimbabwean to win a European League after Bruce Grobbelaar. [2]

Professional Career

Costa grew up in Harare where he stayed with his parents, while in high school he got a “scholarship” from Darryn Textiles Africa United who paid his school fees while he played for the club. He then moved to play for Masvingo United in 2005 before being transferred to Amazulu FC in the 2006/2007 season. [3] He then captured interest from Polish 5th tier club KS Wisla Ustronianka in 2008 via an agent who was in Zimbabwe. After an impressive start Costa was loaned to league side Zaglebie Lubin on a season loan in 2008/2009 season, [4] where he was later sold on a permanent basis signing a 5 year contract. While in the Polish top flight that is when Costa became a prominent figure however he was subject to several racism insults. After the end of his contract Costa signed a 2 year contract with Sparta as free agent, [5] while at Sparta in his first season he became the best foreign player playing in the Czech Republic he was also named in the Top Eleven Players of the 2013-2014 season by the fans. [6] Costa current market value is €1 million [7]

International Career

Costa has six national Under-20 caps as well as seven Under-23 caps, he was part of the squad that played in a friendly match against Mozambique in 2007 which was his last appearance for the Zimbabwe National team (Warriors) he was later called for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in 2011 however he could not turn up for the national duty due to shoulder injury. [8]

Asiagate Involvement

Costa Nhamoinesu was part of the infamous Asiagate scandal participants, however he was letter exonerated form the bans in 2012 by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) alongside other players like Kingston Nkata, Edward Sadomba, Energy Murambadoro etc. The players and officials were accused of accepting to match fix the national team’s games from a betting syndicate in Asia in 2009. [9]

Reference

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  1. Player Profile, ‘UEFA.com’, Updated: 18 Sept 2014
  2. Costa Nhamoinesu opens up., ‘The Standard’, Published: 11 May 2014, Retrieved: 21 Sept 2014
  3. Henry Mhara, Nhamoinesu stake continues to rise, ‘NewsDay’, Published: 13 Aug 2013, Retrieved: 21 Sept 2014
  4. Costa Nhamoinesu, ‘Transfer Market.com’, Retrieved: 21 sept 2014
  5. Costa Nhamoinesu, ‘AS Sparta Praha’, Retrieved: 21 Sept 2014
  6. Costa Nhamoinesu opens up., ‘The Standard’, Published: 11 May 2014, Retrieved: 21 Sept 2014
  7. Costa Nhamoinesu, ‘Transfer Market.com’, Retrieved: 21 sept 2014
  8. Costa Nhamoinesu opens up., ‘The Standard’, Published: 11 May 2014, Retrieved: 21 Sept 2014
  9. Asiagate bombshell: List of names released, ‘Nehanda Radio’, Published: 19 Oct 2012, Retrieved: 21 Sept 2014