Nottingham Forest and Zimbabwe senior men’s national team defender Tendayi Darikwa said he is eager to add value to the Warriors squad after touching down at the Robert Gabriel International Airport this afternoon from his base in England.

Darikwa is in line to make his debut for the Warriors following the processing of documents that now make the Nottingham Forest defender eligible to play for his country in AFCON action.

After missing out on the Warriors last encounter against Congo Brazzaville, the lanky defender is excited to be finally getting to turn out for his country in AFCON action.

“It is really exciting to be getting the opportunity of finally turning out for Zimbabwe. I am looking forward to joining the other guys as we travel to the DRC. I know it will be tough but I want to make a positive contribution,” he said.

With Zimbabwe boasting of several other talented players such as Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat and Marvelous Nakamba, Darikwa is excited to be part of the current class of Warriors.

Another player to report for duty was Bloemfentein Celtic defender Ronald Pfumbidzai who is bullish of a good performance despite facing tough opposition.

“It is always nice to come back and have the honour of representing my country. DRC is a tough team to play but we are a team that is filled with talent. We therefore stand a good chance of coming out with a positive result,” he said.

The Warriors face the Democratic Republic of Congo in what promises to be an exciting Group G encounter this Saturday.

The Warriors head into battle as log leaders by virtue of a superior goal difference but Saturday will be real test of character for Zimbabwe who will be hoping to cling onto pole position.