WHAT a few days it has been for Zimbabwean footballers in the United Kingdom.
First, it was Tendayi Darikwa captaining Wigan Athletic to the League One title.
Then, on Tuesday, Jordan Zemura helped Bournemouth book a place in the English Premiership.
And, now, Zimbabwe-born Tivonge Rushesha has been voted as Swansea’s best Under-23 player this season.
The 19-year-old fullback, who missed almost a year due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, returned to action in September last year.
He went on to become a prominent feature in the developmental side this term.
Rushesha received the award at the club’s end-of-season awards ceremony held on Tuesday night. “Our first award of the evening is Under-23 Player of the Season. Congratulations, @Tivonge,” read the message.
Rushesha, a Wales Under-19 international, was born in Zimbabwe but moved to Britain as a youngster.
He has come through Swansea’s academy to being on the fringes of the English Championship side’s first team.
Rushesha recently returned to competitive football after enduring eight difficult months on the sidelines, because of a cruciate ligament injury.
The Zimbabwean made his senior debut for Swansea in the EFL Cup last season and is highly regarded at the Liberty Stadium.
His hopes of a breakthrough season, after being promoted to the first team, however, suffered a blow when he went down with a serious injury.
Rushesha was earlier this year offered a new contract by the club despite his long-term injury.
He will remain at the club at least, until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.
Although Rushesha has played youth football with Wales’ national age-group teams, he has previously declared his desire to be part of the Warriors in the future. FIFA rules allow junior players to switch allegiance.