Kadewere Targets Uefa Champions League Qualification

Tino Kadewere
Tino Kadewere

By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa

Warriors international forward, Tinotenda Kadewere has expressed his desire to qualify and play in the prestigious Uefa Champions League tournament with Olympique Lyon next season.

This comes at a time when his club is on the verge of missing out on qualifying for the 2021/22 Uefa Champions League season.

According to Uefa, only top three teams from the French Ligue 1 qualify for the tournament with the top two proceeding directly to the group phase.

Then the third-placed team enters in the third qualifying round.

The fourth-placed team qualifies for the UEFA Europa League.

Meanwhile, Kadewere’s side are seated on fourth position with 70 points from 35 games, a point behind third placed Monaco.

Speaking at a pre-match interview ahead of a crucial fixture with FC Lorient on Saturday, the 25-year-old said he wanted to help his team qualify for the Champions League.

He said he was delighted to bounce back into the field of play after recovering from an injury which saw him miss last week’s clash against Monaco.

“I am feeling better now,” he said.

“I am very happy to play again and be able to help the team for these last three games.

“We want to reach the Champions League.

“The club deserves to play in the Champions League and everything is still possible.”

The former Harare City player described how he worked hard to adapt to playing in different roles.

“I can play multiple roles in attack: centrally or on the flanks,” said Kadewere.

“I do the things the coach asks me to do.

“There is no difference; we are players who can adapt.
“I have worked hard to be able to do that and

I’ve progressed defensively in particular.

“I like to play on the flanks because there is a lot of space.”

Lyon will face Lorient with a number of regular players in absentia for this game, due to suspension.

Marcelo, Mattia De Sciglio, Maxence Caqueret and Memphis Depay are some of them.

This will see the Warriors international forward leading the Les Gones frontline on Saturday.

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