Kadewere delighted after debut brace for FC Nantes

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Warriors star Tino Kadewere expressed his joy after scoring twice on his debut to help his new side FC Nantes to a 4-1 French Cup victory over second tier side Pau FC on Friday evening.

The 27-year-old forward celebrated his birthday in style with a memorable display barely a few hours after joining FC Nantes on loan from Olympique Lyon.

After starting the French Cup tie on the substitutes’ bench, Kadewere was introduced at the start of the second half.

Florent Mollet opened the scoring for FC Nantes on 48 minutes, but the match would hang in the balance, level until Kadewere made the difference with ten minutes to play.

The Zimbabwe international, having just arrived on loan from Lyon in the week, struck twice in four minutes, before Kader Bamba sealed the result, Nantes’ first win since early December.

Kadewere was delighted with his FC Nantes debut and insisted that there’s still a lot more to come.

“This first match is good for my confidence because it’s been a long time since I scored. I’m very happy to be here. I came here with ambitions to help the team and progress too so I’m happy with this first match, scoring two goals like that. I managed to help the team to win a match, it’s very important,” Kadewere said.

He also impressed his new coach Jocelyn Gourvennec, who tipped the Zimbabwe international to make a difference at FC Nantes as they seek to avoid relegation from Ligue 1.

“He also has a lot of presence in the aerial game as well. He was incisive, sharp, and we needed that , recognizes Jocelyn Gourvennec . He is a very, very good player, perhaps not recognized at his true value because he had problems which did not allow him to continue. He is a very collective player, very generous,” he said.

Kadewere, who moved to Lyon in July 2020 from Le Havre, was loaned out to Mallorca last season.

Prior to the latest loan move to Nantes, he played 64 matches for Olynpique Lyon and scored 11 goals.

After a promising debut season for Les Gones, where he formed a deadly combination with former captain Memphis Depay and Cameroonian attacker Karl Toko Ekambi, scoring 10 goals and managing three assists, Kadewere struggled to perform in the last three seasons.

This season, the striker has featured 11 times for Lyon, mainly coming from the bench and was yet to get a goal contribution and the club became impatient with him and were desperate to offload him.

Kadewere will be hoping for a change of fortune in Nantes colours after his impressive start.

 

 

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