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Zimbabwean star extends stay at Bournemouth

by Staff reporter
06 Jul 2020 at 13:07hrs | Views
ZIMBABWEAN defender Jordan Zemura has extended his stay at Bournemouth by a year and will get an opportunity to break into the English Premiership club's
senior team.

The 20-year-old, who was born in England to Zimbabwean parents, plays for the team's developmental side where he featured regularly last season. Bournemouth announced yesterday that Zemura was part of a group of players who had extended their contracts after they expired at the end of June.

"One-year deals were handed to goalkeeper Calum Ward and defenders Tyler Cordner, Brennan Camp, Zeno Ibsen Rossi, Jordan Zemura, Shaun Hobson, Dinesh Gillela and Corey Jordan. Midfielders Luke Nippard, Frank Vincent and George Hunt were also given 12-month contracts, as were forwards Keelan O'Connell, Jaidon Anthony and Ryan Glover," the club's official website reported yesterday.

Bournemouth Under-21 coach Shaun Cooper is hopeful that some of his players will graduate into the senior team next season, including Zemura.

"Some might be knocking on the door two or three years down the line and, for others, it might be sooner. We definitely think all of them have the ability and potential to put themselves up for consideration. Our priority is to try to prepare players for this club and get them to suit the manager's requirements," Copper said.

Zemura is eligible to play for both England and Zimbabwe, but last year swore his allegiance to the country of his parents' birth.

He was called to the national team, but could not get his Zimbabwean passport in time while national team coaches have said they will consider him for future Warriors assignments.

Zemura last featured for the Bournemouth senior team against French top side Olympique Lyonnais in a friendly match last year.

The defender, who is also comfortable playing in midfield, joined Bournemouth last year from England Championship side Charlton Athletic.

Athletic is home to Warriors striker Macaulay Bonne.

Source - newsday