Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa gets Zimbabwean passport, available to face DR Congo
Nottinghham Forest right-back Tendayi Darikwa is available to face DR Congo in next months 2019 Afcon qualifiers after finally securing a Zimbabwean passport.
After struggling to obtain a Zimbabwean passport, England-born Darikwa could only play for the Warriors in friendly matches against Lesotho and Namibia last year.
This is good news for us. It has been a long and winding journey, but am happy that our efforts have come to fruition. There were a number of hurdles, but we got support from senior Government officials such as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sibusiso Moyo, and the officials at the Zimbabwean Embassy in London, said Gore, who is also the chief executive of Team Zimbabwe UK.
Zimbabwes complicated citizenship laws have frozen out a number of overseas-born players from the national team as they struggle to obtain local passports.
We are now moving into the third stage of persuading teams that have Zimbabweans to tour the country. This is my task between November and March next year. We have to market our country. I will also visit players such as Knowledge Musona and Marvellous Nakamba between November and March.
But with Darikwas passport being issued on Wednesday, Warriors team manager Wellington Mupandare said they are now working to obtain passports for other players not born in Zimbabwe.
And Phillip Zulu, a UK-based Zimbabwean coach who has also been championing for the players living in the Diaspora who have their roots in Zimbabwe to play for the Warriors, was also delighted that Darikwa is finally eligible to turn out for the Warriors in official international matches.
We wont give up on these guys born in Britain. We have just zeroed in on Darikwa this time around. We do not want to put ourselves under pressure by trying to secure documents for maybe six players at the same time so we will do one at-a-time. After Darikwa we will work on (Adam) Chicksen and the other players, Mupandare told Goal.
We need to encourage these teams to visit Zimbabwe. We want a situation whereby Nakambas team Club Brugge or Knowledge Musonas Anderlecht or Nottingham Forest tour Zimbabwe. Manchester United visit countries like South Korea and this helps their brand, Gore said.
Bradford City defender Adam Chicksen, Readings Andy Rinomhota and striker Macauley Bonne who has been enjoying some fine form for Layton Orient, are some of the players in Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwas plans but they are yet to secure Zimbabwean passports.
The Government has, however, since stepped in to facilitate the issuance of the passports for all the players who have all their documentation in place with Mpandare urging them to visit the Zimbabwean embassies in their respective countries to get assistance.
Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa has backed the Warriors to qualify for the 2019 AFCON finals to be held in Cameroon.
CEFN Druids defender Alec Mudimu was the first of the British Brigade to play for the Warriors as he was always a Zimbabwean passport holder, with coach Sunday Chidzambwa including him in the squad that retained the COSAFA Cup in Polokwane in June.