Ex-Everton star Galloway edges closer to Zimbabwe switch

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Former England youth international Brendan Galloway is on the verge of switching allegiance to Zimbabwe after his papers were submitted last week.

Warriors manager Wellington Mpandare confirmed they were assisting the player acquire a Zimbabwe passport that will enable him to don Warriors colours.

“His (Galloway) papers were sent on Wednesday and once we have them, we will start working on his passport,” said Mpandare. He added that Galloway was a player the technical team has been chasing for years.

“The coach has always wanted him in his team. Let us hope all will be well with his passport application,” said Mpandare. The former Everton defender has set his sights on being part of the Zimbabwe national team at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Cameroon.

Galloway, who turns out for Championship side Luton Town, says his decision was not made overnight, insisting it took a lot of thinking and consulting.

“Choosing to play for the Warriors was a personal decision, with no convincing required. It is a decision that I have been thinking about for a long time and discussing with family. It is not something that I just woke up and made a decision on.

“There was no reason for me not to come and play for the Warriors. It will be a proud moment for me to be called upon and represent the country of my birth and heritage,” he said.

The 25-year-old has previously played for England’s junior teams but insists his heart is with the Warriors. He has also played 60 matches across the English Premiership, Championship and League One.

“It goes without saying that every player must earn his place in the team. I am a firm believer that each player is an asset to the team and can contribute from their experiences in different ways.

“What we all have in common is the love of the game and a winning mentality.” Galloway said it was a great experience playing for England from Under 16 to Under 21, adding it helped him become a well-rounded player.

“I want to be part of a triumphant Warriors team that’s able to win games and take Zimbabwe as far as possible in big competitions like the World Cup and AFCON.

“I feel that we have a great squad of players that are ambitious and want to win. I want to be a part of that and continue to make the country proud.”

Galloway was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and moved to England with his family when he was six years old. He started playing for MK Dons when he joined the club’s under-11 side before being snapped up by Everton in 2014 on a five-year deal. He then joined Luton in 2019 after a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.

By Mthokozisi Dube

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