It’s always an honour to play for Zimbabwe – Galloway

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Plymouth Argyle defender Brendan Galloway has expressed pride in representing his country of birth, Zimbabwe, ahead of the four nations tournament which takes place during the current international break in Malawi.

Galloway joined the Warriors of Zimbabwe in Lilongwe on Monday having last featured for the country back in 2021.

The 27-year-old former England youth international missed Zimbabwe’s 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Rwanda and Nigeria due to injury.

The four nations tournament includes hosts Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Zimbabwe and the country will be looking to use it to prepare for the World Cup and Afcon qualifiers.

“I just want to come out here and do my best and it’s always an hour to come down here. It’s always an honor to play for the national team hopefully I can train well and impress,” Galloway said.

Brendan Galloway

Galloway has played twice for Zimbabwe in 2022 World Cup qualifiers in late 2021, but injury issues and the country’s lengthy Fifa suspension prevented him from adding to that tally.

But he is certainly poised to have more caps for Zimbabwe in this tournament.

The defender says he has enjoyed being back in the national team camp.

“I really enjoyed it. It’s nice to be around the boys again. Nice to be around all the family and everyone and looking forward to all the games together, hopefully to win, hopefully it’s a good camp to prepare us for the future.

“It’s always positive. It’s always a good camp it’s always friendly and welcoming and so the new faces we welcome them. You know I haven’t been here for a few years because of injury but they welcomed me straight back into the team with pleasure.

“So we can always just gel together, help each other that’s the most important thing. The experienced one can look after the young ones we just all gel together as one team,” he said.

Mapeza was pleased to have the full squad available in training on Tuesday and speaks about the two objectives in this tournament.

“I am more than happy. Yesterday (Tuesday) I think we had only 10 players in the morning but the rest of the guys arrived yesterday around 3pm. We did our first full session with everyone we did some technical work and then later we had a three quarter game situation.

“I am more than happy I could see the guys pushing, the hunger is there, desire there and the attitude very positive. You can tell from the way the guys are that there is a massive improvement from the previous training camps we have done so far everything is looking okay.

“It’s a game of football so first of all we need to win our games then secondly it’s about an assessment of those guys who haven’t been here before so there are two objectives here,” he said.

Zimbabwe kicks-off the tournament against neighbours Zambia on Saturday.

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