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Players to Watch: Marvelous Nakamba

Name: Marvelous Nakamba            Age: January 19 1994, (22 years old)

Club: Vitesse Arnhem              Nationality: Zimbabwean

League: Dutch Eredivisie         Height:  177 cm,  5’8              Position: DM/CM

“We started working with Nakamba when he was in form two (15-years old) …So, he gained a lot of experience from a very young age and this has helped his development. We hope he will continue to play well in the Netherlands.” Bantu Rovers chairman, Methembe Ndlovu

Marvelous Nakamba has been one of the stand out players in the Dutch Eredivisie this year but he is still relatively unknown, even by people in his own country. He only recently made his first start for his national team against Swaziland and was very impressive throughout. He is definitely a player to watch in the near future.

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A hard working defensive midfielder, who is very aggressive with his defensive work and relentless with his marking. In fact, this season he has been averaging 4.2 tackles per game which is the best in the Eredivisie. And, with his 86% passing accuracy from 1174 passes, he is one of the most consistent passers in the league as well. His playing style is not too different from a certain N’Golo Kante, in that they both enjoy the defensive side of the game but are not afraid to get forward on the break and create problems for their oppositions. He very rarely scores or assists which is not surprising considering his style of play. In fact, this goal below is the only goal he has scored for Vitesse this season.

A player who might not be at Vitesse Arnhem after this summer. As, Bantu Rovers chairman, Methembe Ndlovu also proclaimed;

He has a lot of potential and if he continues to develop I can see him eventually moving to one of Europe’s big league”


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