Zimbabwe’s Kadewere wins Golden Boot in France

Tino Kadewere set to be named winner of the French Ligue 2 Golden Boot after football authorities in France chose to call off season
Le Havre’s Zimbabwean forward Tino Kadewere (L) vies with Valenciennes’ Senegalese defender Saliou Ciss during the French L2 football match between Valenciennes and Le Havre at the Hainaut stadium in Valenciennes, on May 10, 2019. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

Zimbabwean striker, Tino Kadewere, is set to be named the winner of the French Ligue 2 Golden Boot after football authorities in France chose to call off the remainder of the football season.

Kadewere who made his international senior debut for Zimbabwe in 2015 will be crowned winner of the French Ligue 2 Golden Boot with his 20 goals from 24 matches for Le Havre.

The 24 year old’s remarkable feat has seen him secure a move to French Ligue 1 side, Lyon, where he will ply his trade next season.

Kadewere finishes the season three goals clear of Clermont’s Adrian Grbic in second while Yoane Wissa of Lorient finished third.

French football giants Paris Saint-Germain were declared Ligue 1 champions after the Professional Football League (LFP) in France confirmed that the 2019-20 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons have been ended.

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The decision will also see Lorient being promoted as Ligue 2 champions with second placed Lens joining them in the top flight next season while Kadewere’s Le Havre finished sixth to miss out on promotion to the top division.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe declared on Tuesday that football would not return “before September,” which made it impossible for French professional football to finish its domestic campaigns.

This laid the platform for the LFP to make the decision to leave the tables as they stand after the last match was played, and will confirm Paris Saint-Germain as champions for the third consecutive year.

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe declared football will not return before September (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) President, Nathalie Boy de la Tour said: “We have brought an end to the 2019-20 season. PSG win the Ligue 1 title, while Lorient the Ligue 2.”

LFP director general Didier Quillot said: “Our aim is to start the 2020-21 season in August the 22nd or 23rd latest. The date will be decided after consultation with the broadcasters [Mediapro]. If matches behind closed doors are authorised, there is the possibility that. domestic cup finals will take place in August.”

“If the domestic cup finals take place, the finalists [non-PSG] will qualify for Europe. Otherwise, it will be fifth and sixth place.”

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“The board validated the end of the championship and the standings. Yes, there will be appeals, but the decisions made are binding.”


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