Bournemouth defender Jordan Zemura says he got confused when he received information that he has been called for the Warriors’ back-to-back games against Algeria last week.
Zemura was part of the squad that did national duty in the Afcon Qualifiers where Zimbabwe lost 3-1 in the away game in Algiers before securing a 2-2 draw in Harare four days later. The 21-year old started in both encounters and managed to put a decent performance.
In an interview with afcbTV on Tuesday, the defender admitted the call-up came a bit out of the blue.
“I think my dad texted me because he found out (about the call-up) before me and then he just said ‘are you ready?’. I was a bit confused and then the next thing I know I’m gone, I’m at Heathrow Airport, and I’m flying 12-14 hours to get here,” Zemura recalled.
“It’s been fantastic, they’ve all been welcoming because I’m the youngest one out of everyone. It’s a bit like you’re the youngest, so you don’t want to be too out there because you don’t know everyone yet, but it’s like a massive family here, so it’s good.
“It feels good because it feels like all the hard work back down at the south coast is paying off. The coach trusted me in the first game to start me. It shows how much belief he has in me, which is perfect.”
The trip away also allowed Zemura to celebrate his 21st birthday with some of his extended family.
“I went to the Nando’s right next to the hotel,” he said.
“It was quite nice to see my auntie and uncle.
“It’s been really good to turn 21, especially in a place where my parents were born. I think it’s meant to be here so I’m really happy.”