Warriors close door on Bonne

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Warriors close door on Bonne Macauley Bonne

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Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
THE Warriors technical team has not extended an invitation to Ipswich Town striker Macauley Bonne, ahead of the AFCON finals in Cameroon, next month.
Team manager Wellington Mpandare said the player’s recent excuses were an ‘insult to the country and the region’.

Bonne, a holder of a Zimbabwean passport, has turned down a number of Zimbabwe national team call-ups, including an invitation to feature in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers and South Africa and Ethiopia last month.

He said hot weather conditions in South Africa were not favourable for his health.

Mpandare said coach Norman Mapeza decided not to consider the forward in his plans after last month’s no show.

“As for Macauley Bonne, we never invited him, we never considered him. Everyone knows that we have been trying to convince him for so many years and we managed to secure him a passport.

“All along we were not giving up until he told us of some weather excuses. I think that was an insult to the region (Southern Africa). In as far as this part of the world is concerned, a number of people actually want come here because of the favourable conditions.

“We really questioned the so-called weather condition because there is also summer in the UK. This is a continental showcase and we need people who are dedicated to the cause.

“So truly speaking, we tried our best before, we have secured a passport for him and was at one-point forthcoming. Now we have given up. He is not in our plans,” said Mpandare.

The team manager said it is very unlikely the squad will have any new faces.

“In far as new faces at the tournament are concerned, we expected to have Brendan Galloway but is injured and is out. We also have Tawanda Maswanhise on the list but he is yet to secure a Zimbabwean passport.

“The team will be dominated by most guys who took part in the qualifiers and most of them have been at previous Afcon finals.”

Bonne featured for the Warriors when they played Morocco in 2014. under Callisto Pasuwa, in a non-competitive fixture.

Zimbabwe open their Nations Cup campaign with a date against Senegal on January 10.

They have been drawn into Group B which has Malawi and Guinea.

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