Zimbabwe Warriors teenage prospect Tawanda Chirewa has officially joined premier league side Wolvermpton Wanderers having turned down a new deal at Ipswich Town.
The 19-year-old England-born midfielder will initially join Wolves under-21s side for the 2023/24 season having signed a four-year deal with the Molineux club.
Chirewa made his senior debut for Ipswich in November 2019, appearing as a second half substitute against Colchester United in an EFL Trophy group stage fixture. In the process, he became the second youngest player to feature for the Tractor Boys, behind Connor Wickham, aged just 16 years and 31 days old.
In July 2020, Chirewa signed a two-year scholarship at Portman Road and was then rewarded with a first professional contract four months later.
The Zimbabwean youngster has been on the radar of several clubs in England that include Arsenal and West Ham.
Chirewa was one of the three senior players who were offered new contracts at Ipswich Town after their recent promotion to the Championship league, but the talented teenager turn down the contract extension waiting for new offers.
Wolves academy manager for football Jon Hunter-Barret confirmed Chirewa was somebody the club had on the radar for a while.
“It’s one that we are delighted to get over the line. We have been watching Tawanda for a while now, since the age of 16 and monitoring his progress before picking the right opportunity to approach and get him across for his services.
“His key qualities are his handling of the ball in tight areas and the ability to get the team up the pitch to create and score from deep areas.”
Chirewa Joins forwads Leon Chiwome and Joshua Nyakudya other highly rated teenage stars with Zimbabwean heritage who are also in the books of Wolves.