England-based rising star Tawanda Maswanhise is edging closer towards a first team breakthrough at Leicester City after agreeing a new professional contract with the Premier League club.
The 19 year-old Zimbabwean winger is among the 15 Leicester City Academy graduates who were awarded new contracts this week.
Maswanhise initially signed his first professional contract with the Foxes in June 2021 and his rapid rise within the club’s academy ranks has convinced the club to offer him new terms.
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In announcing the news, the club said on its official website: “Leicester City are delighted to confirm that 15 of its Academy players have signed professional contracts with the Football Club… With a host of talent continuing to come through the ranks at the club’s famous Academy, a number of its brightest prospects have committed to continuing their development with the Club by putting pen to paper on professional terms with the Foxes. All players will now continue their development through the Club’s pathway at Under-18s and Under-23s levels as they strive to join the first team ranks in the future.”
The club also expressed satisfaction with Maswanhise’s development as he edges closer to breaking into the club’s first team squad.
“Tawanda Maswanhise, meanwhile, was named in Brendan Rodgers’ squad for the first-time last season for the trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United and after the 19-year-old’s involvement with the First Team’s pre-season fixtures this summer, he continues to show promise in his development.”
Maswanhise was born in England to Zimbabwean parents. Maswanhise’s father, Jeffrey is a former sprinter who represented Zimbabwe at the All-Africa Games and the Commonwealth Games, between 1998 and 2002.
The young prodigy, who has been tipped to graduate to the Leicester City first team has featured prominently for the club’s Under-23 side.
While he is yet to feature for the Warriors, the young star as committed to pledge his international allegiance to Zimbabwe