Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba is set to have a statue erected in his honour in his home town Hwange.

The 25-year-old recently made headlines after becoming the first Zimbabwean since 2012 to play in the EPL. The last player to achieve that success was Benjani Mwaruwari when he turned out for Portsmouth.

Warriors legend and former Coventry City player Peter Ndlovu has told The Athletic that town chiefs in Hwange, are concocting plans to build a statue in his honour.

“Marvelous knows that we are recognising his hard work with this idea and hopefully the statue will be a confidence booster for him,” said Ndlovu.

“Moving to Aston Villa is an unbelievable achievement for him and we must show our support as a nation.

“The people of Hwange recognise their heroes and while the exact details are yet to be finalised, discussions are taking place to decide what happens next.”

When asked why the former Bantu Rovers player is being considered for a statue, the ex-striker said: “This isn’t about me, it’s about Marvelous.

“He’s the man with the opportunity of a lifetime to represent our nation now, to make a difference and define our future.

“He must not let this opportunity pass because the whole of Zimbabwe is watching and hoping he will succeed.”

Meanwhile, Nakamba made his competitive debut last night in a 6-1 League Cup victory against Crewe Alexandra.