Orlando Pirates defender Marshall Munetsi has revealed that he always looked up to former France midfielder Patrick Vieira.
However, the Buccaneers versatile player said he feels honoured when he is compared to Ivory Coast international midfielder, Yaya Toure because he has the Manchester City star's attributes in him.
Munetsi also expressed delight after his inclusion in the Zimbabwean national team during the Four Nations tournament in Zambia back in March despite not seeing regular game time at Pirates at the beginning of the season.
“To be compared to Toure is something big for me. Toure and Patrick Vieira are my role models and I think I have a lot of the Ivorian’s attributes in me,” Munetsi was quoted as saying by Zimbabwean publication The Standard.
“With hard work and good coaching, I am sure they will be clearer and I can also be able to reach his level,” he continued.
Although the 21-year-old has never played top-flight football in his country, he joined Cape Town FC from the Harare-based Friendly Academy three years ago, before catching the eye of the Buccaneers in the 2016/17 season.
He was loaned out to Baroka FC last season, but was recalled for this Premier Soccer League (PSL) term and made his way into the first team, boasting outstanding performances for coach Milutin Sredojevic.
“It felt so good (to get a call-up). I just want to thank God for making it possible and the national team head coach [Sunday Chidzambwa] for having faith in what I have been doing at my club,” he added.
“It’s something that I have always dreamt about, representing my beloved country,” Munetsi said.
“With the way my season started last year, I didn’t think I would play for the Warriors anytime soon because I was not playing much in the first six months," he reacted.
“But I knew that if I got my chance to play at club level, I would get a call because of the way our team plays,” he explained.
Having represented the Soweto giants 13 appearances in all competitons, all of them coming in 2018, the midfielder said he wants to help Pirates become number one in Africa. Pirates have secured a spot in the Caf Champions League for next season.
“I want to win trophies with the club and to help the team to be number one in South Africa and Africa," he claimed.
“I also dream of moving to Europe in the future because it has always been my dream to play there one day. And, of course, to help my country qualify for big tournaments,” he concluded.