Mbanje Continues to Shine at Leeds

Leeds United starlet Munyaradzi Mbanje has been was fine pre-season form for both the Championship club’s Under-18 and Under-21 teams, earning some positive coverage on the club’s official website.

Mbanje, who turns 18 next week and is one of Zimbabwe’s brightest prospects, has been with the Leeds academy for the last two years.

Although he remains an unknown quantity back home, reports on some of his pre-season performances generally paint the picture of a skilful forward who needs no second invitation to take a crack on goal.

In one of his matches for the Under-18s the match report noted that “…the game also saw exciting young Zimbabwean Munyaradzi Mbanje score a hat-trick.”

But he was also featuring for the Under-21s, where he again proved a handful for opposing defences.

In one of the games, a match report noted that “Zimbabwean talent Munyaradzi Mbanje then curved out two opportunities, as he forced Crook into a low save before crashing another onto the bar. “… Mbanje was often in the thick of United’s attacking play, and after turning out of a tight space down the left-hand side, he forced Crook to tip over a brilliant shot destined for the top corner.”

Mbanje also scored the winner for what was reported as the Leeds United XI against Corby Town. All the matches where played in July.

The gifted forward is illegible to play for the Zimbabwe Under-23s in the forthcoming All-Africa Games and Olympic qualifiers.

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