Friday, October 13, 2017

Football Is A Universal Language: Nyasha Mushekwi

If you look at teamsheets of today's top premier league teams, you will see a wonderful array and diverse of names from different nationalities. But have you ever wondered how these players communicate with staff and each other in non-english speaking teams?

Well, in such multilingual environment, some clubs enrol their foreign players for a native language crush course or use other players to help foreign players understand the language. But It depends on the country and club.

At big clubs, players don't have to learn the language if they don't want to, as clubs have enough resources to help their players go through language barriers with easy. For example the time Germany star, Mezuit Ozil signed for Arsenal, he had his own translator to help him, even when speaking to reporters.

For Zimbabwe and Chinese based forward, Nyasha Mushekwi, football is a universal language that needs no interpretation. He doesn't require huge vocabulary in the actual playing of the game.

Having Spend significant time playing in teams that doesn't use English as their lingua-franca, Mushekwi has learn to appreciate the value of nonverbal cues in communication.

"Football is a universal language, wether you are playing in China, Sweden or anywhere. There are things you just understand on instinct," said the Dalian Yifang marksman speaking on Djugardens TV, after his recent visit to his former Swedish side during a three week break in China.

"My teammates are Chinese speaking and my coach speaks Spanish. I only understand few Chinese words I picked up from my teammates but we get along good."

Mushekwi has been in fine form at Dalian Yifang, having scored 14 league goals this season for his team and will be looking forward to increase his goal tally when  Yifang get back to action this weekend in what could be League One title decider encounter .

Dalian Yifang who have all but secured their Chinese Super League promotion are currently seating second on the log with 58 points from 27 matches and a game in hand behind log leaders Beijing Renhe who have 59 points.


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