ENGLAND-based full-back, Tendayi Darikwa gave a subtle hint that he could be considering a future with the Warriors, who impressed him with their match-winning performance against Swaziland in their Afcon 2017 Group L qualifier.
Darikwa had been called up to be part of the squad in the two matches against Swaziland, but he told Zifa he could not make it, as he had personal issues to sort out.
The Warriors thrashed a hapless Swaziland 4-0 at the National Sports Stadium to seize control of the group, with eight points, three clear of Sihlangu, with two rounds of games to go in the campaign.
Knowledge Musona’s converted penalty gave the Warriors the lead before Costa Nhamoinesu’s bullet header added the advantage. Evans Rusike scored the third and Khama Billiat completed the rout late on.
Darikwa, who plays for Burnley in the English second-tier league, was among the first to congratulate the Warriors for that win showing that he was closely monitoring proceedings from his base.
“Well done @online_zifa on today’s result,” the 24-year-old wrote on Twitter, in a post that he accompanied with a Zimbabwe flag.
He had been named alongside Everton’s Brendan Galloway and Macauley Bonne of Colchester, but all three were not available, with Darikwa hinting he could be available to coach Kalisto Pasuwa in future.
Galloway was called to represent the England Under-21 side.
But Darikwa’s interest in the Warriors’ success could be an indication that he is considering his future with the national team who are still to play Malawi and Guinea in the Afcon qualifiers.
Born to expatriate Zimbabwean parents in Nottingham and raised in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, Darikwa is eligible to represent both Zimbabwe and England. — Online