Nashville SC part ways with Handwalla Bwana

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville SC announced Tuesday that they have parted ways with winger Handwalla Bwana.

Bwana, 23, was acquired from Seattle Sounders in October 2020 in exchange for $250,000 in General Allocation Money as well as midfielder Jimmy Medranda. Despite making regular appearances immediately after moving to Music City, Bwana’s impact tailed dramatically in 2021. After playing in four of Nashville’s first eight matches, he didn’t make a matchday squad for their final 27 matches, and made just four appearances in all competitions in 2022.

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Injuries hampered him, with concussion keeping him out for large portions of 2021. In 2022, an adductor strain suffered in a friendly against Club AmΓ©rica prematurely ended his loan spell with Memphis 901 FC.

Bwana struggled to break into Nashville’s team, even with attacking production sorely lacking in wide areas. With the additions Nashville have made in the offseason, trading for Jacob Shaffelburg andΒ FafΓ  Picault, the path to playing time in 2023 was even more narrow.

UPDATE: Bwana signed with USL Championship side Charleston Battery on January 11, reuniting with head coach Ben Pirmann, who was in charge of Memphis 901 FC during Bwana’s loan stint last season.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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