Transfers DONE DEAL: Zimbabwe’s Tino Kadewere leaves Lyon for Nantes

FC Nantes and Olympique Lyonnais have reached an agreement for the loan – with an option to purchase – of Zimbabwe international Tino Kadewere until the end of the 2023-2024 season.

Nantes praised Kadewere through their official website by saying: “Capable of playing at the forefront of the attack but also in the corridors, the new offensive asset of the Yellow and Green displays many qualities. Mobile, technically skillful, and precise in front of the opposing nets, loving to participate in the game and not hesitating to increase the number of calls from deep, the new number 15 from Nantes is impatient to evolve under his new colors for this second part of the season.”

Arriving in Sweden in the summer of 2015, the 27-year-old Kadewere discovered European football in the ranks of Djurgardens IF (Allsvenskan). Winner in particular of the Swedish Cup in 2018, the Zimbabwean international (19 caps, three goals), very quickly distinguished himself with the “Blaranderna”.

His good performances in Scandinavia were then noticed by the leaders of Le Havre AC, the club he joined in the summer of 2018. After a first season full of promise in the antechamber of Ligue 1 Uber Eats (5 goals and 3 assists in 23 matches), the striker confirms and shines on the pitches of Ligue 2 BKT. With 18 goals scored only during the first part of the 2019-2020 season, he caught the eye of Olympique Lyonnais who agreed to leave him on loan at HAC until the end of the season. Exercise that he will finish as top scorer in L2 with 20 goals and four assists on the clock.

In the Lyon jersey, Kadewere discovers the elite of French football. This discovery is more than prolific since he finds the net 10 times (3 assists) in 33 championship matches. After a more complicated period in the Rhône, he was loaned last year to Spain to RCD Mallorca (La Liga, 15 matches played, one goal). Returning to Lyon this summer, Kadewere made 11 appearances in Ligue 1 Uber Eats (season 23-24) with Les Gones.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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