ENGLAND-born Zimbabwe international left-back Jordan Zemura who turns out for Championship club AFC Bournemouth in the UK insists he is looking to inspire the next generation of Zimbabwean footballers.
The talented defender, who on Saturday celebrated his 21st birthday, made his senior international debut for the Warriors in a 3-1 defeat to Algeria on Thursday.
He could again be involved against the same side, in an African Cup of Nations qualifier tomorrow.
But, speaking with the club website last year, Zemura, who qualifies to play for Zimbabwe through his parents, insists his platform as a footballer at AFC Bournemouth can help the next generation.
He said: “If I could pull on the shirt and represent Zimbabwe then I’d be thinking what I can achieve, how I can help and give another child in Zimbabwe the inspiration to see what can be done.
“They’re the next generation, and there is talent both there and in England with players who can represent Zimbabwe.
“Being at Bournemouth is such a big platform for me, and I want to inspire people and see the country do really well.”
Zemura, formerly of Charlton, signed for Bournemouth at the end of the 2018-19 season after a successful trial period.
Born in London, he has gone on to represent the first team twice this season, playing in Carabao Cup games against Crystal Palace and Manchester City.
The defender also revealed how his family played a key role in his development.
“Before games, my mum always sends me a text message which gets me in the right head shape,” he added.
“My dad will send me over the night before what he wants me to do and concentrate on.
“Then I’ll also have a lot of family members at home, watching everything on Twitter and following the game to see how I’m doing.
“Since coming here (to Bournemouth) I’ve seen that it’s a massive family. It’s not my first time moving away and living in digs but coming to Bournemouth is two or three hours away from home. The first people I lived with were so caring and lovely and made me feel at home. – Daily Echo ■