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Marvelous Nakamba (born 19 January 1994) is a Zimbabwean footballer who plays as a central midfielder for English Premier League club Aston Villa and the Zimbabwe national team.

Marvelous Nakamba
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Nakamba in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Hwange, Zimbabwe
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa
Number 11
Youth career
0000–2008 Highlanders
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Bantu Rovers
2012–2014 Nancy II 32 (1)
2014 Nancy 2 (0)
2014–2017 Vitesse 69 (2)
2017–2019 Club Brugge 49 (0)
2019– Aston Villa 0 (0)
National team
2012 Zimbabwe U20
2015– Zimbabwe 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 November 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 02:11, 26 July 2019 (UTC)

Contents

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Hwange near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Nakamba made his senior debuts with local Bantu Rovers in 2010, aged 16.[2] He left the country in July 2012, and had trials at French side Nancy.[3]

Nakamba officially joined Nancy on 24 December 2012, aged 18, for an undisclosed fee.[4] He received the international clearance seven days later,[5] and was assigned to the reserve team in CFA.

On 9 May 2014, Nakamba played his first match as a professional, starting in a 3–1 home win against Angers SCO.[6] He played his second match seven days later, coming on as a late substitute in a 0–0 away draw against AJ Auxerre,[7] and a new deal was offered to him on 19 May.[8]

VitesseEdit

In July 2014, Nakamba went on a trial at Eredivisie side Vitesse.[9] On 13 August, he signed a four-year deal with the Arnhem side aged 20 years.[10] Nakamba made his debut for the club on 27 September, coming on as a late substitute for Kelvin Leerdam in a 6–2 away win against Dordrecht. Nakamba started to establish himself in Vitesse's starting eleven during the 2015–16 campaign and went on to appear thirty times, scoring once against local rivals De Graafschap in a 2–2 draw.[11]

He played as Vitesse won the final of the KNVB Beker 2-0 against AZ Alkmaar on 30 April 2017 to lead the club, 3-time runners up, to the title for the first time in its 125-year history.[12][13]

Club BruggeEdit

On 20 June 2017, Nakamba joined Belgian side Club Brugge on a four-year deal for a fee around the margin of £4 million, aged 23 years.[14][15] He made his league debut for the club on 29 July 2017 in a 4-0 away victory over Sporting Lokeren. He was replaced by Hans Vanaken in the 75th minute, having picked up a yellow card.[16]

Aston VillaEdit

On 1 August 2019, Marvelous Nakamba signed for Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee. He joined up with former Club Brugge team-mates Wesley Moraes and Björn Engels, who had already joined Villa in that transfer window.[17]

International careerEdit

Nakamba is a Zimbabwe international, having represented the country in the under-20 level. On 13 June 2015, aged 21 years, he made his debut with the main squad, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–1 win against Malawi.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 17 February 2019.[19]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nancy II 2012–13 CFA Group B 12 0 12 0
2013–14 CFA 2 Group C 20 1 20 1
Total 32 1 32 1
Nancy 2013–14 Ligue 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Vitesse 2014–15 Eredivisie 6 0 0 0 2[a] 0 8 0
2015–16 Eredivisie 30 1 1 0 2[b] 0 33 1
2016–17 Eredivisie 31 1 5 1 36 2
Total 67 2 6 1 4 0 77 3
Club Brugge 2017–18 Belgian First Division A 35 0 5 0 4[c] 0 44 0
2018–19 14 0 0 0 5[d] 0 19 0
Total 49 0 5 0 9 0 63 0
Career total 150 3 11 1 0 0 13 0 174 4
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Eredivisie European play-offs
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, two in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

InternationalEdit

As of 26 July 2019.
National team Year Apps Goals
Zimbabwe 2015 1 0
2016 4 0
2017 5 0
2018 5 0
2019 3 0
Total 18 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Marvelous Nakamba: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Nakamba tipped for success". The Zimbabwean. 12 February 2013. Archived from the original on 30 July 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Bantu Rovers player at AS Nancy FC in France". Bantu Rovers FC. 20 July 2012. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Zimbabwean starlet joins AS Nancy". SuperSport. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Nakamba keen to impress". News Day. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  6. ^ "AS Nancy Lorraine – Angers SCO". Ligue 1. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  7. ^ "AJ Auxerre – AS Nancy Lorraine". Ligue 1. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Zimbabwe: Nancy Offer Nakamba Deal". All Africa. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Nakamba on trials at Dutch side Vitesse". Southern Eye. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Vitesse haalt Marvelous Nakamba" [Vitesse signs Marvelous Nakamba] (in Dutch). Vitesse. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  11. ^ "De Graafschap vs. Vitesse". Soccerway. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  12. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Vitesse claim first major trophy with Cup triumph". U.S. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  13. ^ "AZ Alkmaar vs. Vitesse Arnhem - Football Match Line-Ups - April 30, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Zimbabwe's Nakamba in Belgium move". BBC Sport. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Nakamba seals Belgium move". The Herald. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Sporting Lokeren vs. Club Brugge – 29 July 2017 – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  17. ^ "Transfer news: Aston Villa sign Marvelous Nakamba". Aston Villa F.C. 1 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Warriors extinguish Flames". Daily News. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  19. ^ "M. Nakamba". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Is Marvelous Nakamba ready for one of Europe's major leagues?". ESPN. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2019.

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