German-based midfielder Seth Patrick is excited to receive his first call-up to a Zimbabwe national team.

The 18-year-old is part of the Young Warriors squad to do duty next week in back-to-back Under-23 Afcon Qualifiers against Mozambique. Zimbabwe start off their qualifying campaign with an away game on the 22nd of March before hosting their neighbours in Harare four days later.

Patrick who plays for VfB Lubeck’s Under-19 side told the Herald that he has always wanted to represent the country at a higher level.

“Everyone agrees it’s such a clear honour to play for Zimbabwe because there are so much culture and heritage there for me,” he said.

“Three years ago I played for Team Zimbabwe-UK (Under-17) in England and we won the UK AFCON tournament.

“I captained that team. So, it has always been a great pleasure for me to play for Zimbabwe, even if it was an (informal) Team Zimbabwe-UK.

“Now, I have got this call-up for the national Under-23s in the Zimbabwe-proper team. I have always dreamt of playing for Zimbabwe.”

Patrick started his football career in England at Northampton and then moved to Germany in October last year. He made his debut in January and has been making regular appearances for the side, scoring two goals and making three assists along the way.