UK-based starlet Chimedza eyes Warriors career


United Kingdom-based teenage sensation Cobert Chimedza Junior is eager to feature for the Zimbabwe Warriors in future.

The 16-year-old, who plays his football for English third tier side MK Dons, has been in devastating form, scoring 18 goals in 15 appearances.

Chimedza was born in Harare and moved to London at the age of 14. He recently had a feel of a Warriors camp when he trained with the senior national team ahead of their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zambia last month.

“It’s a dream for a young player like me to play for their national team, so yes, I would like to play for my national team in the coming years. I’m looking forward to it,” Chimedza told NewsDay.

The right-footed teenager can play in any position across the frontline. According to reports, MK Dons spotted the youngster while on holiday in England with his parents two years ago.

He was playing in a social soccer tournament when the club’s officials saw him and immediately snapped him up. His father, Chimedza Senior, has tipped him to become the country’s next big thing in football.

“He likes to play for Zimbabwe that is why he asked to see the senior team train. He is a massive talent like what everybody saw and the sky’s the limit.

“If he doesn’t grow a big head, we could see another Peter Ndlovu, Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat or Tino Kadewere in him. But that will all depend on his character because talent wise, he is up there with the best,” he said.

Before moving to the UK, Chimedza played for the famed Aces Youth Soccer Academy that has produced talents like Musona and Billiat.

The youngster admitted playing in far-flung England was a challenge, but says he has since adapted and is comfortable now.

“At first, I was nervous. You never go there and say you are 100% confident. I believed in my work ethic, I was positive, I knew I was going to do well. It was all about the mindset. If you are mentally strong, you get physically strong and everything then evolves from there.”

Chimedza looks up to the likes of Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba and Lyon star Kadewere.

“Obviously, I would like to play for big clubs like Manchester City or Barcelona, but for me right now, it’s any club that really wants me so I can develop my game and hopefully be the next big star,” he said.

However, he is aware he will need to work extra hard and stay focused to achieve that.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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