Tendayi Darikwa says he is trying to convince some UK-born players to feature for the national team.

Darikwa who was born in England has already made his debut for the Warriors after acquiring a local passport last year. The 27-year-old played in back-to-back Afcon qualifiers against DRC in October and helped Zimbabwe achieve a rare victory in the first encounter.

According to The Herald, the Nottingham Forest defender had taken it upon himself to also talk to some of his colleagues who were born in the Diaspora to Zimbabwean parents to return home and play for the Warriors.

“Speaking to players who can play for Zimbabwe is something I am trying to do. I am trying to get more players based here in England who are able to represent their country. Hopefully, they will come over and play, but obviously, it is their decision. It is up to them because it is their career,” Darikwa said.

The long list of Diaspora-based players with the potential to play for Zimbabwe includes Reading’s Andy Rinomhota, McCauley Bonne (Leyton Orient), Kundai Benyu (Celtic), Joshua Jeche (Cambridge United), Adam Chicksen (Bradford City), Tristan Nydam (St John FC) and German-based striker Kelvin Lunga.



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