Marvelous Nakamba to Miss World Cup Qualifiers

Warriors and Aston Villa midfielder, Marvelous Nakamba is set to miss world Cup Qualifiers following a decision by Premier League Clubs.

Yesterday, the Premier League clubs reluctantly but unanimously decided not to release players for international matches played in red-list countries next month.

Players travelling to red-list countries would have to follow UK COVID regulations upon their return, ruling them out of club matches.

“Premier League clubs have today reluctantly but unanimously decided not to release players for international matches played in red-list countries next month,” the Premier League said in a statement.

“The clubs’ decision, which is strongly supported by the Premier League, will apply to nearly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries in the September international window.

“This follows FIFA’s current position not to extend its temporary release exception for players required to quarantine on their return from international duty,” added the Premier league.

The problem was exacerbated by the recent decision of world governing body FIFA to extend the September and October international windows in South America by two days to catch up on postponed fixtures.

Zimbabwe, Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia are some of the African countries that will be affected by the Premier League’s decision.

Marvelous Nakamba will miss the World Cup qualifier against South Africa and Ethiopia.

Availability of players such as Jordan Zemura, Tendai Darikwa, McCauley Bounne, Brendan Galloway among others is now in doubt.

Zimbabwe play South Africa in a World Cup qualifier on 3 September at the National Sports Stadium.