Jordan Bhekithemba Zemura (born 14 November 1999) is a professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Championship club AFC Bournemouth. Born in England, Zemura represents the Zimbabwe national team.
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Early Life and Career
Zemura went to the Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey for secondary school and went on to study Sport Science at Canterbury University. He has also represented his county at athletics.
Zemura joined Queens Park Rangers’ academy at the age of six, spending three years there. He had a brief trial with Chelsea, before moving to Charlton Athletic, where he spent eight years in their youth setup.
Zemura was signed by Bournemouth following a successful trial period in 2019. He made his debut for Bournemouth on 15 September 2020 in an EFL Cup tie against Crystal Palace at the Vitality Stadium, which Bournemouth won 11–10 on penalties after a 0–0 draw; Zemura scored his penalty in the shootout.
Zemura started in Bournemouth’s opening fixture against West Brom, his first league start for the club, with the game finishing 2-2. An impressive start to the 2021/22 season saw Zemura win the club’s Player of the Month award for August, starting all 5 league games in an unbeaten opening to the season for the Cherries. Zemura scored his first professional goals when he scored twice against Barnsley on 11 September 2021 in a 3–0 win.
Despite being born in London, Zemura represents Zimbabwe on the International stage as he holds Zimbabwean citizenship. Both of his parents were born in Zimbabwe, his father in Murehwa and his mother in Wedza.
He was called up to the Warriors squad for the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers against Zambia and Botswana in November 2019 but was forced to withdraw due to an expired passport. He debuted for the Zimbabwe national team in a 3-1 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification loss to Algeria on 13 November 2020.