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How Marvelous Nakamba Could Inspire The Next Generation Of Zimbabwean Footballers

by Staff Writer
28 Oct 2019 at 16:41hrs | Views
Zimbabwe isn't typically known as a hotbed for footballing talent, but all that has changed over the first weeks of the Premier League season. Marvelous Nakamba was brought to England by Dean Smith in the hope that the dynamic midfield could add something new to Aston Villa in their first season back in the Premier League, and so far that has proven true.

The 25-year-old has seamlessly adjusted to life in the most competitive league in the world and is thriving in a side that is full of energy. He has made four appearances so far this season, but that number is likely to increase following his impressive recent display in the midfield alongside John McGinn and Conor Hourihane against Norwich City.

He has sustained a rating of over seven with WhoScored for his performances this season and has a pass completion rate of 83.8%. He is also good in the air and has averaged 0.8 winning aerial duals per game.

He is precisely the kind of midfielder that will continue to flourish in the Premier League and ensure that Aston Villa remain outside of the favourites for relegation for those that enjoy betting on sports.

He has no clear weakness and is capable of making tackles, as well as winning the ball back quickly. His passing ability ensures that he is the full package for Villa and his relationship with his teammates has been strong ever since making his debut.

However, he has spoken actively about how he wants to inspire the next generation of footballers in Zimbabwe, and prove that he can achieve what he has then so can they. Nakamba is only the fourth Zimbabwean to play in the Premier League, following on from the success of Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, Coventry's Peter Ndlovu and Manchester City's Benjani Mwaruwaru.

The midfielder has stated that these three players were an example for him to follow, and now he wants to be the inspiration on younger players. Zimbabwean players have to go through a slightly different path than most to find their way at the top level of football as Nakamba's career would show.

Early Career
He made his name as a dynamic midfielder during his days with Bantu Rovers in Zimbabwe, before being picked up by Ligue 1 side Nancy when he was just 18-years-old. He would play for their reserve side for two years before making the move into the senior side in 2014. His impression was immediate, and the club knew they had a talented player on their hands, so they offered him a contract extension.

However, Nakamba decided to leave France at this stage and look for a new challenge. That led him to the Netherlands as he signed a four-year deal with Vitesse after passing an initial trial. His career in Holland saw his stock rise further as he made 70 appearances for the club over a three-year stay. He made his debut on the opening day of the 2014-15 season, before cementing his place in the starting line-up shortly after that. While in the Netherlands, he won the KNVB Becker and helped the team finish in second place for three consecutive seasons.

After the 2016-17 season, Nakamba moved on again. This time he moved to Club Brugge for a fee of £4 million. He made his debut for the club in July 2017, before going on to make 53 further appearances for the club. During this period, he also had his first experience of playing in the Champions League, and while Brugge were unable to qualify from the group stages during these campaigns, he would have undoubtedly learned a lot about what it takes to play at the top level.

It hasn't all been easy for the midfielder, however, as recent reports have emerged showing home fans racially abusing the midfielder and teammate McGinn. However, Nakamba's ability is second to none, and he will do his talking on the pitch.

His career and hard-working character on the pitch can inspire a new generation on Zimbabwe players. The same way Stansly Maponga, who plays in the NFL Superbowl odds favorite Atlanta Falcons, can inspire kids to believe they can play in the American football league.

Source - Byo24News

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