By Wellington Toni
ZIMBABWE international football midfielder Marvellous Nakamba was part
of the star cast as his Belgian side Club Brugge thumped French side
Monaco 4-0 in the group stages of the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday
And with that, Nakamba drew praise from Cape Town City and Zimbabwe
striker Mathew Rusike for his performance.
“Marvelous Nakamba. Club Brugge. So good to see this Amazing talent
continually grow. WHAT A PLAYER,” Rusike said on his Twitter account.
With the win, Monaco, coached by former World Cup winner and Arsenal
legend Thierry Henry, have been dumped out of the Champions League
with two games to play.
It was also Brugge’s first win of the competition and one in which the
Warriors midfielder Nakamba played an entire 90 minutes, shutting out
the Monaco midfielder with a powerful defensive play.
Such form is cause for happiness for Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa,
who is constantly tracking his stars in Europe ahead of Zimbabwe’s
next 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia on
The Warriors lead Group G with eight points from four matches and if
they avoid defeat in Monrovia, they will qualify for the Cameroon
Hans Vanaken scored twice for the Belgian team, Brazilian forward
Wesley made it 3-0 and captain Ruud Vormer completed the rout.
Bruges’ took the lead against the run of the play after only 12
minutes when Vanaken made the most of a cross from Mats Rits at the
near post that Kamil Glik and Youssef Ait Bennasser failed to clear to
beat goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.
Things soon got worse for Monaco as defender Antonio Barreca was
penalized for a handball in the box and Vanaken converted from the
spot with a well-taken penalty down the middle for his second goal in
the space of six minutes.
Bruges made it 3-0 in the 24th when Wesley concluded a swift
counterattack with a 20-meter strike into the net. Vormer slotted
home Bruges’ fourth goal with five minutes left with a low shot.
Nakamba is one of the several players in Europe alongside Knowledge
Musona, who is also seeing no action at Anderlecht, but has continued
to impress for the Warriors as they push for Cameroon.
Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa and Alec Mudimu have also
been playing regularly while veterans Costa Nhamoinesu and Nyasha
Mushekwi have been out of the Warriors action due to injuries.
But Nhamoinesu, in addition to injuries, also has age issues on his
side as at 33, he can no longer compete with the likes of Darikwa,
Mudimu, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Devine Lunga and Teenage Hadebe.