Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa is still dreaming of promotion to the Premier League despite his team not being in a better position on the log standings.

The Reds are currently sitting on the 9th place and are pushing for a top six finish so that they qualify for the Championship play-offs.

In an interview on Nottingham Post website, Darikwa says the team must believe they can still secure a positive end to the campaign – even amid a fiercely contested battle. They have seven games left before the league ends.

“It is up there with the top leagues in Europe, in terms of how competitive it is,” said Darikwa.

“It is one of the few leagues where the majority of teams will feel like they have a chance of promotion or even of winning the league.

“It is a competitive league, and I wish we were higher in the table – but we still have a chance, and we have to take that belief into these games.”

The full-back, meanwhile, is set miss a huge chunk of the club’s preparations to the 2019/20 campaign should the Warriors reach the knockout at the 2019 Afcon tournament which starts on June 21 in Egypt.