The Sunday Mail
KNOWLEDGE MUSONA deserves the armband and will be a fantastic Warriors captain.
This is the assessment of Marvellous Nakamba, who reveals that he is always seeking professional as well as personal advice from Musona.
“Knowledge is a good guy and I am not surprised that he has been handed the armband,” said the 23 –year old Nakamba.
“Personally, I think Musona deserves the armband. He has the experience, he is always talking about football and knows a lot more than what most of us know. Having him as the leader in that dressing room will benefit all of us.”
Nakamba, who could move from his Dutch side Vitesse this off season, revealed that Musona’s advice helped him break into the European football.
“I turned to him when he was still playing in Germany for Hoffenheim in 2014 and I was coming up. I would consult him more often and he was readily available. Knowledge was there to guide me and I applied everything that he told me and it worked to perfection,” he said.
“We became even closer when he moved to Belgium because that country is close to Netherlands. He is a good guy and playing in the Europa will make him better.
“His team KV Oostende will play in the Europa League which I think is good for Zimbabwean football. The continental competition is invaluable. I learnt a lot when I first played in the Europa League during the 2015/2016 season because we played against the likes of Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane who were still with Southampton.”
Nakamba is fresh from a fruitful season in the Dutch Eredivisie where he won the Dutch Cup with Vitesse Arnhem – the club’s first major trophy in its 125-year history.
His strong shows have aroused interest from across Europe with the latest interest emanating from Turkish giants Galatasaray.
In January he was linked with a move to English side Everton but Toffees coach Ronald Koeman settled for French central midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
However, the transfer talk has not distracted Nakamba who has promised his best in today’s Afcon qualifier against Liberia.
“There is nothing concrete yet (with regards to transfer talks). My handlers have not told me about that and my focus for now is the game against Liberia.
“I just want to give my best if I am selected to play. All the players are geared and we promise to fight for a good result. We all love playing for our country and we know how sweet playing at a big tournament like the Africa Cup of Nations is,” said the Bantu Rovers product.