Zimbabwe National Football Team (Warriors) striker Tinotenda Kadewere has joined Nantes on loan. The deal gives the new French topflight team the option to buy the striker if he impresses them.
Nantes can only buy Kadewere if they manage to maintain their Ligue 1 status. Lés Canaris who are currently in another relegation battle so far this season, will be hoping that Kadewere emulates his debut season with Lyon for them to avoid the dreaded chop.
They currently lie 13th on the Ligue 1 table with 18 points halfway through the season, having lost their last three assignments.
Considerably, Nantes have been poor in the final third, failing to convert their chances resulting in them scoring just 19 goals so far this campaign and conceding 28, a problem which the Zimbabwean born striker has been brought in to solve.
Furthermore, the acquisition of Kadewere is a timely boost for Les Canaris who will be missing the services of Moses Simon and Mostafa Mohamed with the duo set be on respective national duties at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Kadewere’s goal scoring credentials in the French topflight cannot be questioned after the striker impressed during the 2020/21 season where he scored 10 goals and recorded three assists in the league in just his debut season.
However, the striker’s stay at Lyon has been blighted by injuries which have seen him struggling to establish himself at the French-based outfit this season making just 11 appearances from the bench.
The old tale of injury woes from his debut season with Lyon continued to haunt him as he missed six matches this season through a combination of both injury and non selection.
This is the second time that Lyon have loaned Kadewere after the striker spent last season on loan at La Liga Santander side Real Mallorca, where he had a spell which again was blighted by a series injuries.