Nakamba dreams big

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

NETHER­LANDS-BASED Young War­riors mid­fielder Mar­velous Nakamba has set his sights on com­mand­ing a reg­u­lar start­ing place at Vitesse after play­ing two Europa League play-offs against English side Southamp­ton.

His Dutch topflight league side were knocked out of the Euro­pean clubs’ tour­na­ment on Thurs­day night after go­ing down 0-2 at home. They had lost the first leg 0-3, but the Young War­riors star speaks highly about star­ring in both games.

“Last sea­son I made a num­ber of ap­pear­ances com­ing from the bench but it seems I’ve started my sea­son on a bright note as I’ve started and fin­ished both Europa League play-offs against Southamp­ton. I’m dis­ap­pointed that we’re out of the tour­na­ment but I’m happy with the ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­po­sure that I’ve gained. I think the next step is to be­ing a reg­u­lar in the league and play more games,” said Nakamba.

By fea­tur­ing in the Europa League play-offs, the for­mer Bantu Rovers mid­fielder has joined Zim­babwe’s list of elite foot­ballers to play at the tour­na­ment who in­clude leg­endary goal­keeper Bruce Gro­belaar, Kennedy Chi­huri, Nor­man Mapeza, Musa Mguni and Costa Nhamoinesu. The 21-year-old Nakamba who joined the Dutch side last year from France’s AS Nancy, made eight sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances for Vitesse in the 2014-15, is happy with the progress that he has made since his ar­rival. “I think last sea­son it was more about me get­ting to un­der­stand the cul­ture at Vitesse, the style of play and what the coach wanted. I’m happy with the way I’ve de­vel­oped as a player in the 12 months that I’ve spent at the club. Be­ing par t of

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