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‘My Son Dreams Of Zim Call-Up But SAFA Want Him To Switch Allegiance’

The father of Polokwane City striker Douglas Mapfumo has claimed his son is hungry to play international football for Zimbabwe, while SAFA officials have approached him to switch allegiance to South Africa.

Mapfumo is in his fourth year in South Africa, having originally been signed by Cape Town City in 2020. 

The 23-year-old has scored four goals this season for Rise and Shine, and been in decent form, but has so far been ignored by Zimbabwean selectors.

While Mapfumo has been in South Africa for four seasons, he has only played 53 games, mostly on loan at Came Umoya in his first campaign, and at Polokwane since he joined last season.

Apart from his short time at City, he also played for Cape Town All Stars and Black Leopards. Including his four this season, he has scored seven career goals.

Now his father, Victor, has said that Mapfumo is desperate to play for the Warriors, but would consider changing allegiance to play international football, and claimed that South African officials have even approached them about doing such when he is eligible.

“I think Douglas has done everything to force his name into the Warriors squad but only those who are in charge know why he is not being considered,” Mapfumo’s father was quoted as saying by

“I have been approached by top officials from SAFA, who are advising me to allow my son to switch nationality since he is qualified to do so.

“But, Douglas is still dreaming of playing for the Warriors and he has informed me that he will try to score as many goals as possible to get the recognition.

“But, chances are very high that he might consider making himself available for Bafana Bafana as its everyone’s dream to play for the national team.

“Each time he performs well for Polokwane City, the pressure becomes unbearable and my fear is sooner or later, he is going to give up on his dream to play for Zimbabwe.

“He is desperate and hungry to be part and parcel of the Warriors but his mother has been insisting to wait for God’s time.”

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