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Gorowa MUST call Darikwa and others now!

[Posted 14 Oct 2013]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Gorowa MUST call Darikwa and others now!
The trend in African and world football has been to identify good young talent and nurture it for the national team in order. Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa is strongly urged to learn from Ghana and other African nations and give Chesterfield's hugely talented midfielder Tendayi Darikwa a call to the Zimbabwe senior national soccer team, the Warriors.

Darikwa has been in great form in England for Chesterfield in League Two. His talent is too good for England's fourth tier, and hence interest from Liverpool, Everton, Fulham, Nottingham Forest and lately, of all teams, reigning English champions Manchester United.

The midfielder who was born to a British mother and a Zimbabwean father, Timothy Darikwa, is eligible to play for the country of his father's birth, but only if Zimbabwe are to move swiftly before he becomes a big star beyond the Warriors' reach.

David Moyes, who almost signed the England-born starlet for Everton before injury put paid to the player's dream move, is now in charge of Man U, and watched Darikwa in Chesterfield's League Two clash with Fleetwood over this past weekend.

Darikwa played brilliantly under the Red Devils gaffer's watchful eye from the stands in a match which ended 1-1.

Man U are reportedly planning a 2 million  January bid for the Zimbabwean wonderkid.

The closer Darikwa moves to English topflight football, the more he will will elude the country of his father's birth. It is therefore important that Warriors coach Gorowa should at least activate Darikwa's nationality switch in the same manner Ghana did it for Kevin- Prince Boateng which allowed the German-born former AC Milan star to play at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

Darikwa has already featured for England Under-21 and there is risk of losing him to England should he become the big star that he promises to be.

Players such as Darikwa, at 21, and another youngster from League One team Milton Keynes Dons  attacking midfielder Brendon Galloway (17 years of age) are the future of the national team, the Warriors if they are well groomed and nurtured for future roles.

Galloway is a rare left-sided midfielder with a cultured left foot and has the height and speed and cause defenders enough trouble through out 90 minutes.

Galloway was knocking on the first team at MKD before injury towards the end of last season pegged his progress back. The Zimbabwe-born MKD starlet has now started to seriously contend for first team action, and he is only 17. What a future prospect for the Warriors.

National under 20 coach Jairosi Tapera is seriously encouraged to give this youngster a chance to enable the senior national team coaches to run a rule over him. With the COSAFA Under 20 competitions around the corner, this is the time for Tapera to arrange for a call up for this soccer prodigy.

Caution must be sounded though that the 1.88m tall player has already featured for the England Under-17 national team and currently holds a British passport.

However having been born in Zimbabwe on 17 March 1996, the player qualifies to play for Zimbabwe by birth.


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