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Not to be egoistic but I want to help my country.
Not to be egoistic but I want to help my country. I want to do everything I can in every single game
Talksport and BBC Africa Sport
West Ham United are keeping tabs on Zimbabwe and Bournemouth left-back Jordan Zemura with a view to potentially signing him this summer.
The 22-year-old had a breakthrough season last year and played a massive part in helping Bournemouth be promoted back to the Premier League.
Zemura’s performances have raised the interest of several clubs in the top flight, however the Cherries are keen to hold on to him.
The Zimbabwe international has a year left on his contract and it has been claimed that West Ham are considering taking him to the London Stadium.
The Hammers are keeping an eye on Zemura as they seek to bring in a new left-back for their squad this summer.
West Ham boss David Moyes wants to bring in younger legs to compete for a place in the team with Aaron Cresswell.
Bournemouth do not want to lose him ahead of their return to the Premier League but his contract situation has made it more complicated.
The Cherries could step up on their efforts to offer him a new deal amidst interest from West Ham.
Meanwhile BBC Sport Africa is Reporting that Zemura has expressed his desire to become a key part of the Warriors set-up, as the team return to action in this month’s World Cup qualifiers.
The 21-year-old Bournemouth wing-back made his Zimbabwe debut in November last year during an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against reigning African champions Algeria.
“Not to be egoistic but I want to help my country. I want to do everything I can in every single game.”
As they prepare for January’s Africa Cup of Nations, Zimbabwe finish their disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign this week with games against South Africa and Ethiopia.
Zemura, who has played for the Warriors four times, has been in fine form for Bournemouth in the Championship, scoring three goals in 15 games.
He now hopes to transfer that rich vein of form to the national team.
“I’ve got to set an example for other players and say ‘Listen, I have been doing well here and I want to show you guys that it’s just through hard work’,” he said.
“‘Every game I am out there, [I have] the pride of playing for your nation, your mother’s home’. I’ve really got that exuberance, that energy to want to perform.”
Zimbabwe are out of contention for next year’s World Cup in Qatar after a dismal qualifying campaign but Zemura feels the Warriors are on the right path despite the set-back.
“We have had a few tough games against Ghana and Algeria, really strong teams, but I felt from both games we took so much – we are on the right way,” said Zemura, adding that he hopes to play for Zimbabwe at future tournaments.
“For me it’s how many appearances I can get, how many tournaments I can reach. I am still waiting for my first goal. Hopefully in the next camp, I can get that.”
Zimbabwe’s World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Ethiopia take place on Thursday 11 and Sunday 14 November respectively.
Barring any injuries, the Cherries defender is set to earn further caps as Zimbabwe start preparing for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The Warriors have been drawn in Group B alongside Senegal, Guinea and Malawi for the tournament, which starts on 9 January. Additional reporting: BBC Sport Africa
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