Senior Sports Reporter

WARRIORS coach Zdravko Logarusic is impressed by the goal-scoring form of Zimbabwean striker Tino Kadewere who has taken the French Ligue 1 by storm.

Kadewere — who was recently voted the club’s Best Signing of the Year via an Olympique Lyon media poll — has been in dazzling form after settling into the team well in his debut French Ligue 1 football campaign.

Zimbabwe coach Logarusic is hoping Kadewere will maintain his scintillating form until the Warriors renew their bid to qualify for the 2021 African Cup of Nations finals.

The Croat, who rates the lanky forward highly, told the Pan African Football website that he would love to see Kadewere combining well with Warriors teammates Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat the same way he has done at Lyon with Memphis Depay and Carl Toko-Ekambi.

“I have been closely watching him and I must admit that the boy is a formidable force. He is riding high like a Warrior. He is raising the country’s flag high,” Logarusic told Pan African Football.

“My hope is that he keeps this form until we restart Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next year. We need him to keep his A game and score more goals for us. Last time in Algeria, he scored although we lost but in the coming matches he will score as we win.

“We have great players, Musona (Knowledge), Billiat (Khama), Nakamba (Marvelous) and many others who I know Tino can form a strong combination with, just like he has done with Ekambi and Depay at Lyon.”

The 24-year-old striker has justified his US$16,5 million switch from French second-tier side Le Harve where he had acquitted himself well by scooping the Ligue 2 Golden Boot after bagging 20 goals from 24 outings.

Kadewere had arrived on the French shores virtually unknown the previous season for a paltry US$2.5 million fee from Swedish side Djurgardens IF.

It was suggested that the former Harare City forward would need more time to settle in the French top tier but, the moment he got his name on the scoresheet in the 3-2 win over RC Strasbourg back in October, he has never looked back.

Kadewere scored his seventh goal in 16 appearances in Lyons’ 3-0 victory over Nantes, to take his club top of the table, just before the winter break.