Marvelous Nakamba hopes English stint will inspire his countrymen
By Staff Reporter/BBC
ZIMBABWE football international, Marvelous Nakamba (pictured) says he wants to use his time at English premier league side, Aston Villa to promote his country and inspire the next generation of footballer stars.
The 25 year old has featured in two league games for his new paymasters since joining them from Belgian side Club Brugge in August.
Nakamba told the BBC Sport that by breaking into the world’s most illustrious football league, he was also representing his countrymen, most of who have found it tough to play in England.
“It’s good for my country to have someone representing them and I also think it’s good for the upcoming players, the young ones back home,” he said.
“I think they can believe and have faith that nothing is impossible.”
The midfielder is the fourth Zimbabwean to play in the English top-flight league after former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobelaar, Coventry City star Peter Ndlovu and Manchester City striker Benjani Mwaruwaru.
He says having the three former Zimbabwe players as a reference point has helped him adapt to the English game.