England-born Zimbabwean midfielder Kundai Benyu has signed a two-and-half-year professional contract with English Championship side Ipswich Town.
The 17-year-old midfielder has impressed regularly for Ipswich U21s this season and has been involved with the first team, travelling with the squad for their game at Brighton last month.
Benyu even delivered an initiation song on the team bus although manager Mick McCarthy joked: “I was told he could sing, what a lie that was.”
Fortunately, McCarthy has been more impressed by the teenager’s football prowess.
Premier League scouts have also noted his development but Ipswich have moved quickly to agree new terms with the Camden-born prospect.
“I can confirm that Kundai does have Zimbabwean roots,” public relations manager Jade Cole told Standardsport.
Ipswich play just one rung below the Premier League.
Benyu is one of the England-based players who could add value to Zimbabwe’s Under-20 team together with talented attacker Jonathan Fusco (17) who plays for Sheffield Wednesday.
Jonathan Fusco has already expressed interest to play for Zimbabwe.