Kaizer Chiefs striker Knowledge Musona has scooped the Premier Soccer League rookie of the year award, taking home a cheque of R50 000 after his impressive maiden season in the 2009/2010 campaign with the glamour boys.
The Zimbabwean international beat Bafana Bafana's future stars Andile Jali (Orlando Pirates), Siyanda Xulu, Matthew Pattison both of Mamelodi Sundowns, Sibusiso Vilakazi (Wits), Auguston Leonard of Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United pair of Thandani Tshumayelo and Thabo Mongala.
The 20-year-old helped the Soweto giants to a third place finish in the league and victory in the Telkom Knockout final over Ajax Cape Town scoring a goal in the 2-1 victory to win his first major trophy in his first season in the Premiership.
Musona scored five times in 21 appearances and is seen as the leading striker for the Amakhosi going into the new season which starts next month.
In winning this award, the Chiefs young striker emulated his country men and Mamelodi Sundowns captain Esrom Nyandoro, who won it in the 2004/2005 season.
The Zimbabwean was modest in receiving recognition for his talents and Musona thanked his teammates and the club for the support throughout the season.
"I want to thank my teammates and the club for this award it's nothing much I will just continue to play my normal football I will give it two more seasons with Chiefs and hopefully earn a move to Europe to play in some of the top leagues in the world," said Musona.
" I'm happy with what I've given to a big club like Chiefs. I want to use them as a platform to climb the greatest stage of world football which is to help my country qualify for the World Cup one day."
Musona had different striking partners last season, but this time he has former Free State Stars goal poacher Sthembiso Ngcobo. Will the latter help him to score more goals and unleash his fully potential this season, Musona meanwhile heaped praise on his new striker partner.
"I haven't played with him before because he is new to the team but we're hoping to adapt before the new season begins I believe that he is a good player.
"He will also use his height to his advantage. I'm looking forward to playing along side him in the coming season. I think he is going to add more depth to our striking department," he said.
As a football player, the striker has his views on how the team can improve their game, judging by what he has seen last season with Chiefs finishing in third position, what does Musona think his side should do to wrestle the league championship from holders SuperSport United?
"I think that we have to start from where we left off last season.We won the Telkom Knockout so we're on our best form. There is no need to apply different tactics we just have to increase our goal scoring potential because football is all about scoring," he said.
What is his take on the possibility of losing the club's prized asset Siphiwe Tshabalala, who scored the first goal in the opening game of the Fifa World Cup when Bafana drew 1-1 with Mexico in June.
"I don't think that we will lose him because he is still will us. I've heard a lot from the media that he will leave us but I don't think there is anything to talk about for now," said Musona.
Musona does not want to put too much pressure on himself refusing to outline his plans for the coming season and instead focusing on one game at a time.
"I want to score as many goals as I can but I won't set any target. People hold you to the number of goals that you promise to score. I just want to play my normal game and take it one step at a time," Musona said.