ZIMBABWE international midfielder, Marvelous Nakamba, featured for Aston Villa in their 1-0 friendly win over Leeds in Brisbane at the weekend.
The Warriors star came on as a substitute in the 45th minute. Steven Gerrard’s men were awarded a penalty in the 64th minute which was converted by Danny Ings.
Nakamba was included in Villa’s 33-man squad that travelled to Australia where they will participate in the Queensland Champions Cup as part of their pre-season preparations. The Villains will face Brisbane Roar before heading to Perth to play Manchester United.
Nakamba also featured in the team’s first pre-season friendly last week against English League Two side Walsall FC. The team had several fringe players but also consisted of other regulars from last season like captain Tyrone Mings, Bertrand Traoré and Leon Bailey.
New signing, Diego Carlos, also started in the match and was paired with Mings at the back. Nakamba didn’t return for the second half as Gerrard made nine changes.
The Zimbabwean was showered with praise in a review by Birmingham Mail’s Aston Villa correspondent, Ashley Preece. “Delighted the Villa faithful with an uncharacteristic bit of show-boating, flicking the ball past two Walsall players.
“It was his usual industrious work from the Zimbabwean. “The midfielder will be an important player for Gerrard for the season ahead.”