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Zimbabwe: Warriors Duo Set to Rumble in Epl Season Opener


ZIMBABWEANS Jordan Zemura and Marvelous Nakamba are set for an enormous showdown when their groups conflict within the opening match of the 2022-2023 English Premiership soccer season.

The 22-year-old Zemura, who’s trying to make his debut on the huge stage with recently-promoted AFC Bournemouth, is worked up concerning the prospects following his quick rise from Cherries growth to Premiership soccer.

Nakamba, alternatively, is making ready for his fourth season with Aston Villa. The pair, together with the Zambian duo of Enock Mwepu (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Patson Daka (Leicester City), are the one gamers from the Southern African area who’re set to be a part of the powerful English Premiership soccer within the coming season.

Bournemouth secured computerized promotion into the English Premier League having completed as runners-up within the Championship final time period. According to the fixtures launched yesterday, they’re set to open their marketing campaign towards Aston Villa at house on the Vitality Stadium.

The season is because of start on August 5 when Crystal Palace entertain Arsenal at house at Selhurst Park.

The subsequent day, August 6, will see various different season-opening matches being performed, together with the showdown between Bournemouth and Aston Villa; and Zemura is assured he can proceed to impress when he makes the step as much as the celebrated English Premier League soccer.

Interestingly, Nakamba was one of many first individuals to name him quickly after his crew’s promotion.

“I know Marv (Nakamba) well. He is an older brother to me but he was the first to congratulate me (when Bournemouth got promoted into the English Premiership). So I can’t wait to meet him and play against him, God willing,” Zemura advised our sister paper, The Sunday Mail in a earlier interview. Zemura, who featured for the Warriors on the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, was born in England, however his mother and father have been born and bred in Zimbabwe.

The 22-year-old is about to grow to be the sixth Zimbabwean to play within the English Premier League after Peter Ndlovu, Benjani Mwaruwari, Brendan Galloway, Nakamba and legendary goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar.

Fellow Warriors defender Tendayi Darikwa got here shut after incomes promotion with Burnley in 2016 however was launched by the membership earlier than he kicked a ball within the elite league. It is the second time that Zimbabwean gamers are set to fulfill in opposing groups within the English Premier League. The first time was when 22-year-old Ndlovu lined-up towards Grobbelaar, who, at 37 years, was nearing the twilight of his profession, and was now at Southampton after ending his glittering profession with Liverpool. The match between Grobbelaar’s Southampton and Ndlovu’s Coventry City, which attracted 14 505 spectators, led to a goalless draw at The Dell on March 4, 1995.

It’s going to be a complete new journey for Zemura. The bold younger defender has his eyes on the glamour journey to Old Trafford and is even wanting additional to interrupt the English Premier League “ceiling” and play Champions League soccer.

Having debuted in September 2020, Zemura ended that season with 5 senior appearances to his identify. Zemura loved extra beneficiant sport time beneath Scott Parker final season and he has blossomed past expectation, enjoying 34 instances and scoring three objectives as one of many membership’s standout performers within the Championship.

Asked by the Bournemouth Daily Echo if he can impress once more on the prime stage, Zemura insisted: “Yeah, 100 per cent. I’m younger, I’m 22, I’m excited to have the ability to be at this age and obtain what I’ve achieved thus far.

“But proper now I am unable to cease right here. I do not assume my ceiling is the Premier League even, I need to be greater than that. I need to go and play within the Champions League.

“We’ve just got to go with the flow and enjoy the moment,” he stated. Bournemouth have some thrilling video games to welcome them within the first month. Parker’s aspect may even face Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers in August.

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Among the important thing fixtures, they may even make the journey to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Boxing Day, which can be the primary sport again following the World Cup, and can kick-off 2023 with a visit to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. The season will conclude with an away sport with Everton on Sunday May 28.

For a big proportion of Parker’s squad, they’ve already had a style of the English Premier League earlier of their careers, many with the Cherries as they have been relegated on the finish of the 2019-20 marketing campaign.

But for among the membership’s youthful skills, like Zemura, journeys to play on the likes of Anfield, Old Trafford, Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge might be model new experiences.

Looking forward to the schedule being introduced, Zemura advised the Daily Echo: “That’s once we can begin wanting.

“Especially when the fixtures come out it will be interesting to see who we get to go up against and I can’t wait.” As for which sport the Zimbabwe worldwide is most wanting ahead to, there was just one reply.

“I’m eyeing up that sport towards Man United! I’m eyeing it up.

“But we’ve got to get back for pre-season when it’s time, but for now we’re just going to rest up, enjoy and have a good summer,” stated Zemura.

Nakamba, who’s getting into his fourth season with Aston Villa, is wanting ahead to the 2022-23 season. The former Club Brugge midfielder missed out main chunks of final season on account of a sprain, which additionally pressured him to overlook this 12 months’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in January.

Nakamba is presently having fun with his low season break in Zimbabwe and final evening he launched his junior soccer growth challenge in Harare. Only just a few days in the past he was in Bulawayo the place he officiated the groundbreaking ceremony for the development of a sports activities centre that’s being steered by his Foundation. The midfielder advised The Herald he was wanting ahead to a fruitful season within the English Premier League.