Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa made his competitive international debut for Zimbabwe during the international break, and the defender played a crucial part in his side’s 2-1 win over DR Congo. 

The result sees Darikwa’s side in pole position to qualify for the African Cup of Nations with Zimbabwe now three points clear of DR Congo who are in second place after four qualifying matches.

With two games remaining in their qualifying campaign, Darikwa and his Zimbabwe team mates only need a win at home to Congo Republic in their next match to guarantee their place in the African Cup of Nations.

The full-back has made eight appearances for the Reds so far this season and will be hoping to take his good form for his country into Forest’s league campaign, with Aitor Karanka’s side challenging for promotion this season.

Darikwa spoke of his pride at making his competitive debut on his social media account and many he has been inundated with messages from supporters and fellow team mates.

See the best of the reaction on social media below….

Tendayi Darikwa

@TendayiDarikwa

Special moment for me and thank you all for your support tonight. Back to it 🇿🇼🔴

Tee@Terryk18

Outstanding performance @TendayiDarikwa, you made the drc left back wish he had an injury😂.TDarikwa and Nakamba were the best players on the pitch today.

Tendayi Darikwa

@TendayiDarikwa

Special moment for me and thank you all for your support tonight. Back to it 🇿🇼🔴

Joe Worrall

@JoeWorrall5

Well done Ten 🙌🙌🔥

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Tendayi Darikwa

@TendayiDarikwa

Special moment for me and thank you all for your support tonight. Back to it 🇿🇼🔴

Elison Takudzwa Kombora@elisontakudzwa

Great game (s).well played, well deserved 4 points.Once a warrior always a warrior.thank u TD

Tendayi Darikwa

@TendayiDarikwa

Special moment for me and thank you all for your support tonight. Back to it 🇿🇼🔴

citiboy@DiamondCityBoyi

Good display in that backline and a positive result for the team, let’s keep it going.

Tendayi Darikwa

@TendayiDarikwa

Special moment for me and thank you all for your support tonight. Back to it 🇿🇼🔴

chief svosve@sammuttaf

Thank you tendai for choosing our country we are proud to have players like u.u played very well and we liked your composure

Tendayi Darikwa

@TendayiDarikwa

Special moment for me and thank you all for your support tonight. Back to it 🇿🇼🔴

shingie chipato@pangy2010

Great going mate, you played your heart out like a true warrior!!

Tendayi Darikwa

@TendayiDarikwa

Special moment for me and thank you all for your support tonight. Back to it 🇿🇼🔴

Master Nic@djMasterNiczim

Well done keep it up. You’re such a gem

Tendayi Darikwa

@TendayiDarikwa

Special moment for me and thank you all for your support tonight. Back to it 🇿🇼🔴

Clifford Dzvairo@CliffordDzvairo

@TendayiDarikwa Thank you man for choosing the +263🇿🇼 boys..you are really adding value to our squad.Zim loves your passion..Once a warrior always a warrior.Wish you well at @NFFC

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