Zimbabwe Warriors’ ‘Minister of defence’ and Wigan Athletic captain Tendayi Darikwa has paid tribute to his team-mates after his side sealed the Skybet League One title and promotion to Championship league by beating Shrewsbury Town 0-3 on Saturday.
The 30-year-old right-back has been key to helping Latics lift the trophy after a gruelling 46-game campaign.
“I’m so proud – proud of the group and proud of the whole club,” Darikwa said.
“It’s been a long, tough season and, after the last few games, we came here with a bit of pressure on us.
“But we wanted to be champions, and to deliver a performance like that is testament to the group.”
Darikwa arrived at Wigan Athletic in January 2021 and didn’t take long to settle as he instantly became a regular in the first team, helping them survive relagation in the 2020/21 Skybet League One season.
He was entrusted with the captaincy of the team by coach Liam Richardson at the beginning of 2021/22 Season and did not disappoint.
The Zimbabwean has featured in 43 of the season’s 46 league games, started in 42, scored two goals, assisted five and defensively, he has contributed to 11 Clean sheets as the Latics finished on top of the log with 92 points from 46 games.
He has made a total of 60 appearances for Wigan Athletic in all competitions so far.
“It’s hard to put into words, to be fair, what this means,” Darikwa added.
“The lads have worked hard all season, the gaffer’s brought in some unbelievable characters.
“To stand here now as captain of this team is a huge honour for me.”
Darikwa will return to Championship football next season having been there before with Burnley in 2015/16 season and Nottingham Forest in 2017.