Nakamba needed to win at Wembley Marvelous Nakamba

LUTON. — For Zimbabwean midfielder Marvelous Nakamba, he simply had to win at Wembley Stadium last weekend.

The 29-year-old former Club Brugge and Vitesse Arnhem player had run out at the home of English football once before, that at his parent club Aston Villa, as they were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final back in March 2020, goals from Sergio Aguero and Rodri sealing victory.

Making his second trip to the ground as Luton took on Coventry in the Championship play-off final, the Zimbabwe international found it a much, much better experience this time, as he took to the pitch in front of 85,000 supporters.

Starting in the holding role he has more than made his own during his loan spell with the Hatters, Nakamba was at his brilliant best once more, particularly in the first half, as Luton led 1-0 through Jordan Clark’s goal, although should have really put the bed, missing a host of other chances.

Leading the way with six tackles and four interceptions, the midfielder was powerless to prevent Gustavo Hamer from equalising in the second half, as the scores stayed level at 1-1 through the end of normal time and extra time. — Luton Town.

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