Dream come true for Chirewa Tawanda Chirewa

Langton Nyakwenda 

ZIMBABWEAN striker Tawanda Chirewa finally made a debut for Wolverhampton Wanderers as they lost 0-2 at home to title chasing Arsenal in the English Premiership on Saturday.

Born in the United Kingdom, Chirewa was set for his Warriors debut after being included in the squad for the four-nations tournament in Malawi last month.

He however, asked to be excused for the international assignment as he wanted to work on earning a first team place in the Wolves squad.

A month later the dream came true.

He showed some flashes of brilliance in a 75-minute appearance that saw win a lot of hearts amongst thousands of Zimbabweans who watched that match live on television. 

Zimbabweans are now hoping Chirewa will now commit his future with the Warriors who return to action in the World Cup qualifiers in June. 

The 20-year-old is yet to feature for the Warriors but the UK bred starlet is sure to get a call up when Zimbabwe play Lesotho on June 3 and South Africa seven days later. 

Chirewa described his full Wolves debut as a “decent start” and wants to keep improving. 

The midfielder, who wears jersey number 62, had made seven appearances from the bench, but Saturday was his first opportunity from the start.

“It’s a proud moment for my family and one I’ll always remember in my career,” Chirewa told Wolves.co.uk. 

“Obviously, the result kind of puts a bit of sadness to it, but we move on. 

“I found out on Friday, so I had 24 hours to get myself in the right mindset, but even when I’m on the bench, I try to bring the right mindset to play. 

“It was a little surprise, but I was more focused on trying to do what I can do and support the team try and get a result.” 

He was so proud to play against Arsenal who have some of the best players in the Premier League.

“I loved it, I loved every moment of being out there.  Playing against the best players in the world is where I want to be, and I’m trying to reach those levels. 

“It’s a good start for me to play against them and see a lot of things to improve on. I’m nowhere near that level, but I’m working on it every day, I’m trying to get as good as them, so it was good to see them in the flesh against me. 

“I was trying to stay compact with the team defensively and trying to stay in the pocket, make runs and get on the ball and create stuff attacking wise. I’d say I’ve still got a lot to show, to work on, but it was a good start I’d say,” said Chirewa.

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