6 March 2019
LEYTON Orient striker Macauley Bonne has not made himself eligible to play for Zimbabwe ahead of the Congo Brazzaville encounter on March 24, it has emerged.
The England-based player was expected to be part of coach Sunday Chidzambwa’s squad announced yesterday but his papers are still not ready despite efforts by the technical team.
Warriors manager Wellington Mpandare yesterday told a press conference that the player, who plies his trade in England’s fifth titer – National League – was on Chidzambwa’s wish list.
Mpandare said they were in constant touch with Bonne, who was expected to take his papers to the Zimbabwean embassy in Britain which he has not done.
“There is a list that the coach was looking at and it included Macauley Bonne, we have been communicating, all he had to do was submit his papers to the embassy (Zimbabwean), which he didn’t do.
“My contacts there told me that the last time they spoke to him was on the 21st of February and asked him to bring his papers and he didn’t do that.
“I’ll be constantly in touch with him but for as long as he doesn’t bring his papers there is nothing we can do, for now Macauley Bonne is out of this game,” said Mpandare.
Chidzambwa, who took the Warriors to their first AFCON finals in 2004 in Tunisia, has the chance to guide them to Egypt this year with a draw against Congo Brazzaville enough.
The veteran coach said they are working hard to make the country prod come March 24.
“As a coach I would love to qualify for the second time and we’re all working from the board, technical team and everyone else.
“We are all working day in day out for us to qualify and I hope through the grace of god we will qualify,” said Chidzambwa.
The 66-year-old said he has enough depth to field the best players to produce a good result.
“I think if you look at the squad we have only two new players, what happens in football is that for this game we have enough depth to prepare for Congo Brazzaville.
“Out of this 28 man squad we will pick the best 11 so it’s going to be the best 11 and 11 substitutes,” he added.
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