Zambian international striker, Mwape Musonda, has penned an emotional letter as he leaves Black Leopards for overseas.
Following yet another successful season for him after finishing as the team’s top goal-scorer with nine strikes to his name, and after the other goals he scored helped Lidoda Duvha in the play-offs to save the club’s top-flight status at the end of the 2019/20 campaign, Musonda is leaving for Hatta Club in UAE.
When he first arrived in Mzansi in 2015, Musonda was signed by Orlando Pirates from Zambia club Zanaco FC but after an unsuccessful spell with the Buccaneers due to lack of regular game time, Musonda was released from the Soweto giants in 2016, after a loan stint with Golden Arrows.
The 29-year-old has penned an emotional letter to bid farewell to Leopards, while also reflecting to the difficult times he had earlier on.
Musonda’s letter [Edited] as posted on his official Facebook account:
In August 2016, I arrived at Black Leopards as a PSL reject ready to take up a new challenge, far from home, and today 4 years later I can tell you that I would have loved to stay and continue being at Black Leopards because it has become a home for me. I turned into thee Leopard, I am a Leopard, but the circumstances of football have led me to seek a new destination.
Today, I say goodbye to a magnificent club and family of Black Leopards, I want to thank my chairman and father, Mr David Azwidali Thidiela, for taking me in and giving me a chance when everyone else couldn't. Today, I leave a better person and footballer, and I will take with me many memories and great moments that will live with me forever. Thank you for the life lessons and guidance baba (father), my time at Leopards has been the best years of my career.
And on a greater note, I want to thank the fans, I can’t express the love I have for you, you guys are magnificent. I got goosebumps whenever I walked into a packed to capacity Thohoyandou stadium, and you just gave me another level of energy to do well for the club, the support you gave me personally and the team is phenomenal, you have been so instrumental throughout my time at Leopards and you always inspired me to put in a shift, it’s unfortunate we couldn’t bring any silverware to the club during my time, but I know and believe that with your continued support the club is destined for greatness.
The privilege I had of wearing the armband and leading the team as your captain when the ship was sinking has been without a doubt the proudest achievement of my life and I can only hope I have been able to repay you with my commitment and loyalty to the club throughout my stay at the club.
And l want to take this opportunity to thank all my teammates, I wish I can mention you one by one, but you guys know yourselves, you guys are great footballers with so much talent (don’t waste my time), the coaches, medical staff, Vhembe and Polokwane Municipality and everyone who has worked alongside me during my time at the club, thank you so much, Ndo livhuwa nga maanda, ke a leboga (thank you very much).
I am proud and happy to have been part of this great family of Black Leopards FC, until we meet again, I wish you well and stay blessed. I love you all.
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