United Kingdom based Zimbabwean coach coach Sam Nzanga is delighted that one of his products Ivan Toney has been given a debut call up to the England squad for the forthcoming UEFA Nations League matches.
Nzanga a former Black Rhinos defender back in the late 1990s before relocating to England where he is based in Northamptonshire groomed Toney when he was still with the Leicester City Academy almost a decade ago.
Toney, grew under the tutelage of Nzanga when he joined the Leicester City Academy based in Northamptonshire at the age of 11 before he was recommended to the main academy based in Leicester City years later after developing into a good player.
“For me to be part of Ivan Toney’s journey, I feel honoured. I used to do drills with him , do the passing with him and took him through the basics. And what’s so special about him is that the boy to stop for me now and give me respect which makes me feel honoured,” Nzanga said.
“He is such a humble young man with a bright future ahead of him. I wish the young man all the best in his career, he is such a good lad. A number of players playing in the EFL League One, EFL League 2, the Championship came through my hands but Toney is the most outstanding one. I feel honoured and happy with my contribution.”
Nzanga is now in charge of Grendon Sapphires in the English football fifth tier where he is making waves, winning plaudits from Sapphires club manager Collin Hodson.
“This man is a football genius, he came in and changed the dynamics and views of the club. I am glad I hired such a talent, he has football brains, you watch his sessions and you do not want to blink. I have never thought this team would be in such a position but this man has made me and the players believe,” Hodson said.
“Sam demands energy and commitment, he does not have a friend or family when it comes to the game, it does not matter who you are he will sub you if you don’t keep to the shape that he demands and he has made all the players believe in themselves, this man has made us proud and got us together as one big family.
“Sam is also a true friend who is honest with his footballing views, he has no best player, all players are the same to him and treated fairly. With this football genius we will go far.”
Nzanga led Grendon Sapphires to their best finish since 2009 last season in which won him the vote of confidence from the club’s leadership as well as the fans
“These are the same players we have had for years struggling and always a mid-table team and these are the same players being named Team of the Season. What a turn-around in a season, I have never heard of this. Three cup finals, champions and two semi-finals in one season and beating a team that has not been beaten in two years not only once but twice, that’s remarkable.’’
Nzanga led Sapphires to three cup finals last season and losing two winning .
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