- Nakamba was accompanied by former Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers striker, Dexter Blackstock and Presidential envoy and Ambassador-At-Large to the Americas and Europe, Uebert Angel.
ZIMBABWE international midfielder, Marvelous Nakamba, says he is honoured to have met President Mnangagwa, at State House, yesterday.
The Aston Villa midfielder was in the company of former Nottingham Forest, and Queens Park Rangers striker, Dexter Blackstock.
The duo are part of the drive to bring investors into the country, with the help of Presidential envoy and Ambassador-At-Large to the Americas and Europe, Uebert Angel.
Nakamba has been in the country since the English Premiership ended, and was supposed to host his inaugural Under-17 tournament, in Bulawayo, this weekend.
“I am very happy and honoured to meet the President of the country,’’ he told reporters, underlying his commitment to assist he less privileged members, of society.
So far, through the Marvelous Nakamba Foundation, he has paid first-term tuition fees, for 1 000 students, across the country.
“The Foundation, it’s really a great thing for me to help the less privileged, and support the youth, and give motivation that it’s possible to become anything you want to become in life,” said Nakamba.
Blackstock said he is finalising plans to build a cancer hospital, and help boost the pharmaceutical industry, in this country.
“Extremely honoured to meet his Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde ED Mnangagwa, to finalise our plans to build a dedicated cancer hospital and help improve the pharmaceutical industry,” he tweeted.
The former Queens Park Rangers forward made 350 appearances, for eight different clubs, in his 14-year football career.
He has now ventured into business, since he retired from football four years ago, and is becoming a successful entrepreneur, intent on revolutionising the medicine industry.
He is the founder of MediConnect.
He is also keen on property investment and development, having started his portfolio, while he was still a player.
Blackstock told local journalists, after the meeting, he was exploring a host of investment opportunities.
“I feel fantastic, being in this great country,’’ he said.
“I have been brought in by Ambassador Uebert Angel, to see some real opportunities, for me to use my expertise coming from United Kingdom, with the help from his Excellency, the President, to aide big changes in the country.
“Marvelous is a fellow footballer, like myself, he plays in England so I know him from the United Kingdom.
“You know, professional footballers, we are a very small circle, so it’s great for me to come here, with him.
“He also wants to invest in the country, it’s a big thing for him to give back to young people, to give people opportunities, to share what he has been able to achieve in his life.
“It’s great for me to come with him and make a real difference in his country.’’ ■