Jordan Zemura Won’t Travel To Zimbabwe – Bournemouth Coach
27 August 2021
Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker confirmed full-back Jordan Zemura would not be reporting for international duty with Zimbabwe despite being named in his country’s national squad.
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) on Wednesday released a list of players included in their group for World Cup Qualifiers against South Africa and Ethiopia next month.
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But with both Zimbabwe and Ethiopia on the UK Government’s red list for travel amid coronavirus restrictions, the Cherries full-back will not be permitted to travel for the fixtures.
Asked by the Daily Echo to clarify Zemura’s situation, Parker replied:
He won’t go, no. Jordan won’t go away with the internationals due to playing in a red country.
He won’t travel with them.
In terms of wellbeing, he would have to come back and would have to quarantine, so he won’t go away with Zimbabwe.
Should Zemura have travelled for Zimbabwe’s fixtures, he would have had to undergo 10 days quarantine on his return.
The withdrawal also aligns with the EFL’s decision to follow the Premier League in announcing their clubs would not be releasing players for international commitments in red list countries. The EFL on Thursday stated:
EFL Clubs have today taken the collective decision not to release players for international matches that are to be played in countries on the UK Government’s ‘red list’ next month.
The EFL supports the decision of its clubs and is aligned with the position taken by our Premier League colleagues, who are also significantly impacted by this situation.
Zemura has played twice at senior level for Zimbabwe, having made his debut against Algeria in November 2020.
In addition to Zemura, other UK-based players who could miss the upcoming matches include Marvelous Nakamba, Admiral Muskwe, Macauley Bonne, David Moyo and Tendayi Darikwa.
Meanwhile, ZIFA has engaged all clubs that have hinted that they are going to withhold players, hoping they will fulfil their obligations to release players as stated in the regulations on the status and transfer of players.
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