Zimbabwe national team selectors will be hoping that fast-emerging Liverpool starlet Isaac Mabaya will opt to play for the Warriors.
The England-born Zimbabwean prodigy is tipped to be a success after announcing his arrival in Liverpool’s Under 18 developmental side with a goal. Mabaya was on target when the Reds lost 1-3 to Manchester City recently.
The 16-year-old was recently switched from a central midfield position to right back in similar fashion as Liverpool and England fullback Trent Alexander Arnold.
U18s coach Marc Bridge-Wilkinson recently told the Liverpool Echo that it was something they had been assessing.
“It’s something we have been looking at in training in the last week so we felt it was right to give Isaac a go.
“I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve worked with Isaac for the last two years or so, on and off. I know an awful lot about him, his game and his character. It doesn’t surprise me that he’s capable of playing at this level,” he said.
He is hopeful the youngster will mature under his tutelage and make a quick breakthrough into Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Mabaya’s rise will come as music to the ears of the Zimbabwean scouting team who have been on a massive drive to lure foreign-based Zimbabweans to come and play for the Southern African country.
Although he has been capped at Under 15 by England, Zimbabwe will hope he switches his allegiance and joins Bournemouth defender Jordan Zemura and Nottingham Forest defender Tendai Darikwa who are already playing for the Warriors.
The teenager has previously singled out Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as his idol.
“My inspiration at Liverpool is Steven Gerrard, his leadership qualities and the way he played was very inspiring and I try to take some parts of his game to help mine as we play a similar position,” said Mabaya earlier this year.
Mabaya first signed a contract with Liverpool in 2013 when he was eight years old. His father David worked as a pharmacist at the United Bulawayo Hospitals up to 2000 before packing his bags to the United Kingdom.
By FARPost Reporter