Darikwa Makes History as he Scores a Beauty against Chelsea
England-born Zimbabwean footballer Tendayi Darikwa made a bit of history for himself when he scored the consolation goal for Championship side Nottingham Forest in a 5 – 1 defeat at English Champions Chelsea at Stamford on Wednesday night.
Now he joins absolute legends Benjani Mwaruwari and Peter Ndlovu on the list of Zimbabweans to have scored at Stamford Bridge.
Let’s not get into the debate of whether he is a bonafide Zimbabwean or not because we all know he does not have the green passport.
But his parents are Zimbabwean and also his name is even more Zimbabwean than many who have never gone beyond the borders of this country.
Of course, the EFL Cup is not the most prestigious of tournaments in England but Chelsea remain a big team and scoring against them is a big feat right?
After all, earlier in the week Arsenal could not get a goal at Chelsea in 90 minutes but Darikwa a 59th-minute substitute poked the ball home on the stroke of fulltime following a swift move.
The goal did give the travelling Nottingham Forest fans some little cheer never mind crushing out of the tournament.
It would have been sweeter if he had scored against Thibaut Courtois but it was Willy Caballero getting his first start since his move from Man City during the transfer Window.
Ndlovu was the first Zimbabwean to breach the Chelsea rearguard when he grabbed one of the goals as Coventry ran out 2-1 victors in May 1994 in a league match.
The former Warriors skippers will return again to Stamford Bridge the following season to score another goal.
Benjani on the other hand boast of two goals at Chelsea, his first coming in October 2006 while playing for Portsmouth and the other one he scored in a Blackburn Rovers stripe.
One hopes that warriors interim coach Norman Mapeza was watching and would hand Darikwa, who has expressed interest in playing for Zimbabwe several times, his first cap
Then we won’t have to worry about his nationality anymore.
Watch his beautiful goal below