Everton favourites to land $2m-rated Darikwa

LONDON — CHESTERFIELD winger Tendayi Darikwa has sparked a £2 million Mersey war. Both Liverpool and Everton want Darikwa (21) who qualifies to play for both England and Zimbabwe.


— Daily Star/Sports Reporter

Everton boss David Moyes is so interested that he has sent six different scouts to assess the wideman, who was voted his division’s Player of the Month for December.

Darikwa has  said he was undecided on which country to represent between England and Zimbabwe. He exclusively opened up to NewsDay Sport and revealed that he was still weighing up his options and would first consult his family before making a choice.

Darikwa said he had been keen to play for Zimbabwe a few years ago, but after allegedly being asked to pay $5 000 “processing fee” by a former Zimbabwe Football Association official, he was forced to reconsider his decision.

The England-born player holds a British passport and is eligible to play for the Warriors by virtue of his father Timothy being a Zimbabwean, but the country’s laws, however, do not permit dual citizenship.

World football governing body Fifa statutes spell out that a player should not represent more than one country at senior level.

The player, who is enjoying a purple patch at his League Two side, conceded that he was aware it was easier to break into the Warriors team than the England side.

Merseyside foes Liverpool and Everton are reported to have made inquiries about him, but a move to Anfiled would boost his England chances.

“That is a very hard decision to make and I have not yet made up my mind on which country to play for. This is a big choice that will have a bearing on my career,”  Darikwa added.

“I would love to play for England, but at the same time I have a Zimbabwean father. I know my chances to play for England are slimmer than those of playing for Zimbabwe, but I have confidence in my ability. One day I will represent a national team, but at the moment I do not know which one. I will just sit down with my family to help me decide, although at the end of the day it will be my choice.”

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17 Responses to Everton favourites to land $2m-rated Darikwa

  1. josefa chinotimba February 25, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Come on mwana wevhu,you are a Zimbabwean,come play for country Zimbabwe.

  2. WILLARD MUBVUMBI February 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Its your choice muface, look at Ameobi, john fashanu and other Nigerians. They initially wanted to play for England but the chances were slim. Ameobi, after discovering that age was catching up, he decided to play for Nigeria but to no avail.

  3. chizukuru chanehanda February 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    please dont neglet your zimbabwe becoz of the witch rushwaya.she is now history in the zimbabwean football neasia gate yake

  4. wekanyi February 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    the choice lies with you young man. all i can say is you are a zimbabwean with zimbabwean blood. yes we would love kuti uuye kumawarriors to boost our team but as i said choice ndeyako. teera zvinoda moyo wako

  5. bhobha February 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Musamunyengerere , ngaagare ikoko , I heardd kuti coach we mawarriors adedza obert mpofu , nakasuwere ku train ahead of a world cup qualifier ne Egypt ,

  6. MQHUQHUMBO February 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    KUKIKHO OKUFANA LOKHU KODWA KUKHUMBULE UKUTHI ISIKHATHI SIYAHAMBA KAKUKHETHE INTO EYODWA

  7. LIUmbez February 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    This is why people wanted dual citizenship in the constitution. The young lad would have been integrated in our team without these demands of US5000 for processing papers. Zpf are complete morons.

  8. Gazebo February 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    come on youngman.forget abt the gold digger rushwaya.aida kukumora mari.shez nw an archaeological piece of Zim football,she luvs money thts why she was milking most of thz prominent ppl.kusaroorwa kusvika tht age means smthng.

  9. Yaya February 26, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Iyo nyaya ye$5000 iri kuinvestigetwa here kana kuti zvakapera zvakadaro unbelievable thieves!, otherwise huya kumba mufana, home is best come play with your brothers.

  10. Slicy5 February 26, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    baba vako vaienda kuIngirandi kunokwenyeswa tusana twetuchembere kutiza nyika maiti nyika inogadzirwa nani. Leaving us to fight Zpf, bt now nekuti kwane milk and honey odongorera makoronyera. We have lots of young lads kuzvikoro uko vano zora butter hapana arikuvaona iwe editor nepaper rako unomhanya kulngirandi kokuRaffingora waenda here? Uyo yut uyo ngaagare kwaqeen ikoko…tttsssiii

  11. Gazebo February 26, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    apa Slicy5 hauone kti warasika here.everyone ane maambitions in life even urself.so dnt talk abt kukwesha chembere,zvabva papi.who tld u aikwesha chembere?comment on the Darikwa issue nt chembere.ths man tld his story openly,he wntd to play bt Henrietta The Gold Digger hindered him.unenge usingadiwo kumbobuda muno iwe.asi hauna passport?

  12. jore February 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    ma face angu ngatibvisei politics mu sport

  13. Dee February 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    If u play a single match in england z equally to dozens of matches n zim and tik tik yakauya iyi hameno

  14. Gazebo February 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    taura hako jore.nhai zvako zvekukwesha chembere zvinopinda papi.kana munhu ainetalent yake zvinei naqueen.guys if u dnt knw bbt soccer pliz nyararai.

  15. kete weDembare February 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Zvaarikuda arikuzviziva to play for any national team is an ambition of good footballers and it is a great honour

  16. zaro lika February 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    imi, tina Kama biliart kani. akoshei, ndiye achaita kuti zim. iende kuBrazil here? sis!

  17. Oskido February 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    there is non issue here.the fact that he is undecided is enough evidence that he is not committed

    play for ukkkn england wena nja

    u are not as good they newsday wants us to believe but they just trying to market you wena mtaka Rejoice iwule elaziwayo.

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