Aston Villa will have Marvelous Nakamba available to them until January 3rd after being granted permission from the Zimbabwe Football Association.
In a statement issued to the Zimbabwe Chronicle, the general manager of the association confirmed that Villa’s request to retain the 27-year-old midfielder for ten extra days had been accepted.
Nakamba was originally due to fly back home on December 23rd for a training camp ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations. However, the Villa star will now be allowed to stay with the Premier League side for an extra three games.
Zimbabwe official Wellington Mpandare said: “Because he is playing so well, we want him to bring his best form to the national team. So, we agreed to their (Villa’s) request, and Marve (Nakamba) will be joining the camp a bit later.”
The midfielder, who joined Villa in 2019 for a reported fee of £11m according to Sky Sports News, has been rejuvenated under Steven Gerrard since his arrival last month.
Nakamba has started all four games since Gerrard’s appointment, and it’s hard to identify a Villa player who has performed better than the Zimbabwe international.
Indeed, the midfield dynamo has been in stellar form recently. And the Zimbabwe FA are eager for Nakamba to retain his competitive form ahead of next month’s AFCON in Cameroon. And fans on social media are buzzing that the southern African nation have allowed the Villa star to remain.
Villa fans laud Zimbabwe FA for decision on Nakamba
With Nakamba now set to feature for some huge games over the festive period, Villa fans on social media are buzzing that AFCON won’t take away one of the club’s most inform players too soon.
Here’s what some Villa fans had to say on Twitter about Zimbabwe’s decision on Nakamba…
Get in— George (@_GeorgeAVFC) December 7, 2021
Marvellous 😎 pic.twitter.com/NffqDzH5P5— Villa Watch (@VillaWatch1) December 7, 2021
i love Zimbabwe even more— Aaron Tiwari (@tiwari0216) December 7, 2021
Massive if true— Yusuf Yasser (@YusufYasser1) December 7, 2021
He better be flying on a gold jet— Alexander (@AlexanderAvfc1) December 7, 2021
Crucial pic.twitter.com/DCxHEY3NWp— Villa BT (@AVFCBigTime) December 7, 2021