My Nation At Heart: Leceister City Forward Pledges Allegiance To Zimbabwe
Tawanda Maswanhise, a talented young footballer originally from Zimbabwe but currently based in England, has expressed his strong desire to play for the Zimbabwe national team, known as the Warriors if given the opportunity. Despite spending more than ten years in the Leicester City development structures, the 20-year-old winger has shown significant progress at the club, even making it into the Premier League matchday squad for the first team last season.
Maswanhise’s exceptional performance also earned him the title of player of the year for the Leicester development side in the recently concluded season. This achievement, coupled with his consistent efforts, has brought him closer to breaking into the Foxes’ first team.
Having been previously approached by Zimbabwean coaches, including Norman Mapeza, before the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon, Maswanhise has reaffirmed his allegiance to his home country. Born in Zimbabwe and relocating to the United Kingdom at the age of two, the young footballer has strong connections to his Zimbabwean roots and is eager to represent his nation.
During the Veterans Football Tournament held in Leicester, which was sponsored by Zororo Phumulani, a funeral services company, Maswanhise publicly declared his commitment to the Zimbabwe national team. He expressed his love for Zimbabwe, mentioning that his family has Zimbabwean origins, and stated that given the chance, he would wholeheartedly play for his country.
Wellington Mpandare, the General Manager of National Teams, responded to Maswanhise’s declaration, stating that the door is open for the young player. Mpandare emphasized the significance of having a wide pool of Zimbabwean players scattered across the world, ready to represent their nation.
He mentioned that the final selection would ultimately be up to the coach, but Maswanhise’s expressed desire to play for Zimbabwe is indeed exciting news for Zimbabweans. Mpandare expressed hope that this time, the young talent would be able to fulfil his dream of representing his country.