By Enock Muchinjo
A TEENAGE ace on the books of an English Premier League club has an England career in sights despite interests from Zimbabwe, the homeland of his parents.
Lively 13-year-old winger Joshua Nyakudya turns out for the academy team of Premiership side Wolverhampton Wanderers, where coaches and onlookers alike have been left mesmerised by the raw pace, skills and tireless work-rate of the Birmingham-born midfielder-cum-forward.
Nyakudya says he has a special affinity with Zimbabwe due to his parents’ passion for their country of origin, but donning the Three Lions jersey and representing a nation that has nurtured his footballing
talents would be the greatest honour.
“Definitely playing for England is the goal,” Nyakudya said. “Apart from playing international football for England, I would also like to play for one of the big clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, any one
of the top six sides – and winning big trophies like the Champions League.”
UK-based Zimbabwean scouts however hope that the teen star will one day consider switching his allegiance to the Warriors.
Nyakudya has travelled throughout Europe for tournaments with the Wolves academy, and locally they play against opposite sides from the other Premiership clubs.
His favourite Wolves player is Adama Traore while elsewhere he is a big fan of Borussia Dortmund’s English winger Jadon Sancho and Brazilian superstar Neymar.
Aston Villa’s Zimbabwean midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has also been added onto the list of footballers keenly followed by Nyakudya after the Warriors star joined the Premiership club at the beginning of the current season.
The soft-spoken teenager is the son of television presenter and award-winning gospel musician Carole Nyakudya – an entrepreneur and philanthropist based in England’s second-largest city.
With her husband Nathan, the two are towers of strength in the development stages of their excitingly talented son.