He was part of the team that drew 2-2 with the African champions Algeria on Monday in the Group H African Cup of Nations qualifiers where the Warriors are tipped to make it to the finals to be decided by how they will fare against Botswana away and Zambia at home.
Football news agency 90mins.com also indicated that Nelson can switch to Zimbabwe. “Owing to his father’s heritage, Nelson is eligible to represent Zimbabwe if he chooses to do so.
However, the winger has been playing for the England youth teams at all levels from Under-16 to Under-21, so a move to represent Zimbabwe is unlikely to say the least,” the news agency said.
National teams’ general manager Wellington Mupandare said that he had asked Darikwa to talk to Nelson about representing the Warriors.
“I haven’t spoken to Reiss as yet, I have asked Darikwa to talk to him because I do not have direct contact with him,” Mupandare said.
“So I have asked Darikwa to talk to him and do everything he can to make sure that he can commit to playing for us.”
Zimbabweans who have played in the English top league include Bruce Grobbelaar, Peter Ndlovu, Benjani Mwaruwari and Marvelous Nakamba who currently plays for Aston Villa.
Others players born in England who have played for the Warriors include Adam Chicksen, Jordan Zemura and Macaulay Bonne but the former did not avail himself for matches against Algeria.
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