WARRIORS and Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba reportedly turned down the captaincy of the Zimbabwe national side, the Warriors, it has been reported.
Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare revealed this when he appeared ZTN’s premier football show The Couch on Wednesday.
“He is not comfortable wearing that thing at all. He was offered at one time and said no,” said Mpandare.
Nakamba, a 25-year-old summer signing from top Belgian side Club Brugge, has been in fine form for English premiership side Aston Vill , playing in every Premier League game since his debut in September’s goalless draw with West Ham United at Villa Park.
Nakamba was exceptional again in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool and he has made that defensive midfield position his own. But Nakamba on the other hand has since grown from being an ordinary member of the squad to be one of the biggest Zimbabwean football ambassadors in the world.
His last appearance for his country was an Africa Cup of Nations defeat to Egypt in June.
This week Nakamba told Aston Villa that he is excited to make a comeback for his country in the AFCON qualifier against Botswana on November 15 at home. “The fans really look forward to the National team. I will be very proud to go and represent my country, to give everything and hopefully we will get a positive result,” Nakamba told Aston Villa TV.
“We were at the Africa of Nations, of course its football and we didn’t achieve what we wanted to achieve, then now it is time to fight for the qualification again. They are not so easy matches but I think we have a good group of players.”
With free-scoring striker Knowledge Musona still comfortable with the armband, Nakamba’s stature has risen so sharply over the past year that he is now considered the shoe-in for the captaincy after Musona.