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The amazing Marvelous Nakamba story

BIRMINGHAM. — From not being able to afford football boots to gracing the English Premier League — the story of Aston Villa’s smiling midfielder Marvelous Nakamba is truly humbling.

For the Zimbabwean owes everything to his hard-working mum, Charity, a maid who spent months at a time hundreds of miles away in South Africa to help support her family at their one-room rented home in Bulawayo.

“I was born in Hwange but grew up in Bulawayo,” Nakamba told BirminghamLive , “the second-largest city in Zimbabwe. Life was not so easy but, with football, it made me enjoy life. It helped me a lot.

“Football kept me out of other things, it was not an easy life. It made everything look easy because I was playing football.