Mpandare: Reiss Nelson Should Focus On Football, Not Making Baseless Claims
Mpandare Responds to Reiss Nelson’s Nationality Claims
Wellington Mpandare, the general manager of Zimbabwe’s national football teams, has responded to Arsenal star Reiss Nelson‘s recent remarks about his nationality. Nelson, who was born to a British mother and a Zimbabwean father, has played for the England youth teams but could have chosen to play for Zimbabwe at the senior level.
Nelson Denies Zimbabwean Roots
However, Nelson recently denied any connection to Zimbabwe, putting an end to any hopes of him representing the Warriors. This was a major blow for Mpandare, who had previously tried to convince the 23-year-old to play for Zimbabwe.
In a recent interview with Soccer24, Mpandare expressed his disappointment but stated that Nelson’s decision would be respected. He also added that there are many other players who are eligible to play for Zimbabwe, and the focus should be on them.
“It’s sad that (Reiss) Nelson chose not to represent Zimbabwe, but life goes on for us. We would have loved to have him as part of the Warriors, but unfortunately, he chose his mother’s country of birth. It’s a closed chapter. There are so many players eligible to represent Zimbabwe, and our only prayer is that international football returns soon.”
While Mpandare was disappointed with Nelson’s decision, he is still focused on finding talented players to represent Zimbabwe on the international stage. The Warriors have many talented players, and Mpandare is determined to find the best players to help the team succeed.