Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS manager Wellington Mpandare has expressed hope that Charlton Athletic striker, Macauley Bonne’s, papers will be sorted in two months’ time to make him available for the 2021 Afcon qualifiers in November.
Zimbabwe play Botswana and Zambia in the 2021 Afcon qualifier in November this year and interim coach Joey Antipas was frank after surviving the Somalia scare in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers that the team needs more players playing in foreign leagues.
And now that Zimbabwe will also compete with the continent’s top teams like Senegal, Algeria, Nigeria, Egypt, Cameroon and Tunisia for a slot at the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, Antipas highlighted the need to have all players’ documents sorted.
“With the blessings from Zifa, I think we need all the players in countries like Britain to be available in the forthcoming matches.
“We have chances to do well and we just need to be competitive,” said Antipas.
Mpandare yesterday told H-Metro that he is hopeful players like Bonne (Charlton Athletic) Adam Chicksen (Bolton Wanderers) and Kundai Benyu (Helsingborgs IF) will be available for selection soon.
“Yes coach Antipas has made it clear and fortunately we have been always working hard to sort out papers for those guys.
“As of now, I have engaged the responsible authorities in the country on Bonne, Chicksen and Benyu because they have shown interests, they really want to play for the national team.
“And I can tell you that by November before those forthcoming (Afcon qualifiers) games, the guys will have their documents ready and available for selection, I am hopeful,” said Mpandare.
The Warriors manager said Antipas has also expressed interests in players like Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson, Brando Galloway now at Luton Town.
“There are other guys like Nelson and Galloway who are also eligible to play for Zimbabwe, we have engaged them before and they were not interested by then but we will hear with them again. The coach also wants them.
“In fact, we have a pool of about 60 players like Andrew Farai Rinemhota of Reading, Tristan Nydam (Ipswich) and Tinashe Chikwana but look, the coach cannot call them all. He has to assess them in groups but we will make sure that everyone who is willing to come has his papers sorted.
“And for the guys we are expecting in November is also Cliff Moyo (Kidderminster Harriers) because he has a Zimbabwean passport but it expired. His case is a bit different and not complicated. But trust me, I already have papers for some of the boys are we are working to have them sorted by November,” said Mpandare.
Meanwhile, Warriors return to action this Friday when the local based stars host Lesotho in a CHAN third round first leg qualifier.