ZIMBABWE international midfielder Marvellous Nakamba is delighted to be called to the Warriors for the first time ahead of a date against the Flames of Malawi in the 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier at Kamuzu Stadium tomorrow.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
While Nakamba, who is also a member of the Under-23 squad, has played for the junior teams including the Under-20 side, he was yet to graduate into the senior team — the Warriors.
He was also called up for the international friendly against Morocco last year, but failed to make it owing to a visa problem.
However, Nakamba — who plays his club football in Netherlands turning out for Vitesse — heeded the call to join camp for the Malawi trip. The former Bantu Rovers midfielder expressed his delight to be called for national duty, describing it as a dream come true.
“It has always been my dream to play for the national team. I am really happy to be considered for the team that will play Malawi. It’s my first time to be called to the Warriors and I am sure it is the dream of every player to play for his national team,” said Nakamba.
“Of course, I have played for the Under-20 team, but being called to the senior team is really special. We will try to go there and bring the best results. I think we have the quality that can do the job in Malawi. I could have come to play for the Under-23 team that played against Morocco last year, but I encountered a problem with my visa. Now I am happy to get another chance at this level. I will try to do my best to repay the faith shown by the coach.”
Nakamba — who also played in France turning out for Nancy — has been struggling to get time at Vitesse last season, but has been involved recently and was part of the squad that played in the Europa League play-offs and qualified for next season’s edition.
The Zimbabwe international made 10 appearances for the Netherlands side this season, something that has motivated Pasuwa to call him up to the senior team.
The Warriors are in Group L alongside Guinea and Swaziland who begin their campaign this evening.