Nakamba disappointed for missing out on AFCON qualifiers

Warriors midfielder Marvelous Nakamba is disappointed missing out on the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers because of the suspension of Zimbabwe from international football by FIFA.
Shingi Matibiri, Sports Reporter

Warriors midfielder Marvelous Nakamba says he is disappointed missing out on the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers because of the suspension of Zimbabwe from international football by FIFA as a penalty for government interference in the operations of the Zimbabwe Football Association.

The Warriors who could have been competing in 2023 AFCON qualifiers Group K along with Morocco, South Africa and Liberia were booted out of the qualifiers after the Sports and Recreation Commission refused to heed the call by FIFA to reinstate the suspended Felton Kamambo led ZIFA board.

The SRC suspended the ZIFA board in November on allegations of misappropriation of public funds, abuse of female referees among other accusations but FIFA dismissed the charges as ‘mere accusations’.

Nakamba who was a guest at the Day of the African Child commemorations at UNICEF in Harare where his presence was meant to raise awareness against child marriages, Nakamba said he would have loved to play in the qualifiers but as a player he was hamstrung since the decision that led to Zimbabwe’s suspension was administrative.

“Of course, it’s disappointing to miss out on the qualifiers. I think it’s disappointing to me, to you and everyone else,” Nakamba said.

“I don’t want to be in between and talk about this issue because there are people who are supposed to answer those issues. I don’t want to be caught in between because of this issue, I just leave it to people in roles to deal with that.”

The talented Aston Villa midfielder who will be launching the 2022 Marvelous Nakamba Football Tournament on Thursday in Harare implored on the corporate world to invest in grassroots development so that the nation can produce more world class players.

“As Marvelous Nakamba Foundation it’s all about giving back to the community so that youngsters reach their dreams. If we can have more people trying to help children, we can grow in football as a nation. For me personally I want to see youngsters make football their career.”

The Hwange born midfielder said he is looking forward to the beginning of the English Premier League in August as he is enjoying his time under manager Steve Gerrard.

“I’m very pleased with the chances that I got. I’m looking forward to continue working hard to repay the faith shown in me by the manager. As for Steve Gerrard he was my role model growing up and being coached by him is something inspirational for me. He is a leader that we learn from.”

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