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Darikwa says ready to douse Mo Salah fire

By Sports Reporter


WARRIORS defender Tendayi Darikwa is relishing the prospect of testing himself against the likes of Liverpool’s Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah, as the Nottingham Forest man prepares to heads off to the African Cup of Nations.

The England-born Zimbabwe international says it will be an honour to represent his country this summer.

Zimbabwe’s first test is a significant one, as they take on hosts Egypt, which boasts of one of the world’s most lethal goal getters in Liverpool star Salah in the opening game of the tournament, on June 21.

The Nottingham Forrest full back is thrilled by the challenge and says Zimbabwe’s players will be looking to make their country proud.

“Of course it will be a great occasion and a brilliant atmosphere. However, we are going into the competition fully focused on what we want to do,” said Darikwa of over the curtain raiser against Africa’s most successful national football squad.

“Coming up against the likes of Mohamed Salah will be a great test for us. However, they have a team full of talented players. So we must be prepared in all areas of the pitch.

“We have to concentrate on ourselves and stick to our game plan. If we are able to do that, then there is no reason why we can’t be successful.

“Overall, we want to make the people of Zimbabwe proud. We play for them and with the tremendous support not just in the stadium but also from home, we want to give everything to make them believe in us.”

The British born Zimbabwean said he is proud to represent his country of origin in a major competition.

“It’s a fantastic honour for me to be representing my country at a tournament such as the African Cup of Nations,” he said.

“It means competing against the best players in Africa which will be a tough test but I’m ready to step up to the challenge and make my country proud.”

After the game against Egypt, the Warriors play Uganda on June 26 and the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 30.