RIVER JORDAN. . .JZ can now see the promised land

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RIVER JORDAN. . .JZ can now see the promised land GOLDEN BOY. . . Jordan Zemura, seen here in action for Bournemouth against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night, has secured his place in the English Premiership


AS it was in the beginning in 1992, when the English Premiership was launched, Zimbabwe will have TWO players in the world’s most followed top-flight league next season.

It’s like the football gods have provided the perfect script for the year when the English Premiership is celebrating 30 years in which it has become the league of choice around the world.

Peter Ndlovu became the first African football star to feature in the Premiership in August 1992.

He was at Coventry City.

Bruce Grobbelaar was also part of the league.

At least, there will be two Zimbabweans in the league next season after Jordan Zemura secured a place in the top-league by helping Bournemouth secure promotion on Tuesday night.

A 1-0 win over in-form Nottingham Forest secured the Cherries a place in the Big League.

Zemura is likely to join midfielder Marvelous Nakamba of Aston Villa.

Emotional Cherries boss, Scott Parker, declared himself “immensely proud” of guiding his team into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

The victory secured second spot in the Championship, with a game to spare.

Discussing the win and promotion, his second as a boss having also piloted Fulham up to the top flight back in 2020, Parker told the Daily Echo: “I’m emotional, of course I am.

“I suppose this is the end of a long season where I stepped into this building and set a group of players a challenge of us trying to get promoted this year and we’ve managed to do that.

“The staff, the players, owner, everyone associated with this club deserve this moment really. I’m immensely proud and pleased for everyone.”

He added: “I stepped in this building and I had one aim, which was trying to get this team promoted.

“I realise that was a big challenge, but expectations I can’t control.

“I can’t control expectation or a narrative, while I understand I was a realist and realised the challenges.

“You get to this point now and it’s just relief. I’m relieved that we got the job done, I’m pleased for the players, I’m pleased for my staff because there’s been a lot of hard work gone into it, so that’s probably the main overriding factor.

“Happy as well, of course.”

Defender Nat Phillips described as “chaos” the celebrations in Cherries’ dressing room after they sealed promotion and added: “There’s not many things in life that can create that for you.”

Signed on loan from Liverpool until the remainder of the campaign, Phillips labelled as “immense” the amount of ability and character in Cherries’ squad.

Asked to describe the scenes in the dressing room post-match, the Bolton-born centre-half said: “Chaos!

“Everyone was over the moon, ecstatic. Everywhere you looked people were buzzing and it was the same out on the pitch.

“I think it will be the same for a few days around the area because that’s what it means to the area, the club and the players.

“We have worked so hard. I have only been here since February but I have seen the hard work and planning that’s gone into this.

“The boys who have been here before I was here have been working extremely hard and now we get our reward from it.

“This will certainly be an evening I will look back on for the rest of my life with pride and with a smile on my face.” Sports Reporter/Bournemouth Echo.

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