For most (if not all) football fans both within and beyond the borders of the Zimbabwean borders, the international break acts as a temporary respite from all the affairs and knife-bearing, gilt-edged pot of fire and brimstone that is club football and allows us to unite behind our national sides with pride and sing together regardless of club affiliations. Now that the Warriors’ squad camp date has arrived, we await match day to assess the squad’s total performance, both players and backroom staff. We also need to take a look at the new boys on the block who will don the green and gold of the Warriors.
Macauley Bonne (22)
Preferred Position: ST
Probably not a new boy per se, Macauley Bonne reports in for national squad training for a possible first senior appearance. Born in England to Zimbabwean Parents, Bonne is a 22 Year old forward who currently plies his trade for National League Side Leyton Orient in England. A gifted lad in front of goal who already boasts of an international goal (albeit an U23 goal), Bonne is sure to provide more competition for a starting berth to lead the line for the Warriors for the upcoming fixtures and possibly, for the future. Bonne has ONE appearance in the National colours, and has a goal to his name.
Admiral Muskwe (19)
Preferred Position: ST
Leicester City youngster Admiral Muskwe earns himself a debut national call up at the age of 19 after impressing in the developmental leg of England’s elite Premier League, the Premier League 2. Admiral, although young boasts an impressive goal scoring record. Winner of the Foxes’ Academy Player of The Season for the 2015-2016 campaign. An aerially imposing centre forward who’s good with the ball at his feet, Muskwe could also add versatility to the warriors’ frontline and could well turn himself into a local household name.
Tendayi Darikwa (25)
Preferred Position: RB
Pace and stamina are vital attributes for a full back in the modern game and Tendayi Darikwa of Nottingham Forest FC certainly has both. With more than 100 club appearances to his name, the full back certainly boasts of experience after plying his trade with Burnley, Chesterfield, Barrow and Hinckley United prior to his move to Nottingham Forest. Darikwa can be a box to box conduit for the warriors up and down the right flank and could be a great asset for the future of the warriors’ Right Back slot, especially since Hardlife Zvirekwi is staring at the wrong side of 30.
It remains to be seen whether or not these internationals could well live up to their potential and each become the next big thing in international football as far as Zimbabwe and Africa is concerned. The internationals are scheduled for the 8th and the 11th of November in Maseru, Lesotho and Windhoek, Namibia respectively.
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