Tendayi Darikwa enjoyed a debut to remember for Wigan Athletic just a few days after leaving Nottingham Forest.

The Zimbabwe international played his first club game of football for nearly two years.

Wigan drew 3-3 with Rochdale and remain embroiled in a relegation dogfight.

Their performance against their rivals was vastly improved, however, with the home side needed a stoppage time equaliser to earn a point.

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Following the game, Darikwa earned rave reviews for his performance from Wigan Today.

Latics correspondent Paul Kendrick was at the game and awarded the 29-year-old the star man for his efforts.

After scoring him 8/10, he wrote: “Hard to believe it was his first game for 18 months, up to speed immediately and looks to have plenty to offer.”

Darikwa made 63 appearances for the Reds during his time at the club.

He was largely steady and proved a popular figure with the club’s supporters.

The man with 13 caps for Zimbabwe is Nottingham-born and always tried his best when called upon by the club.

Could Forest rue Darikwa departure?

It has to be said that the time was right to offload the right-back.

He has spent so long out with injury that he had his fitness to prove and his Forest deal was due to expire in the summer.

Chris Hughton has preferred Cyrus Christie and Carl Jenkinson at right-back and Darikwa was way down the pecking order.

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It will delight Forest fans, however, that he passed his first game for so long with flying colours.

There will be more to come from the international but this was certainly a good way to start his return.

Darikwa never let Forest down and as a Nottingham lad, supporters will continue to wish him well.

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