Fresh Macauley Bonne blow for Warriors

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By Sports Reporter

ZIMBABWE’S hopes to have English-born England-born striker Macauley Bonne, in the Warriors squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations seem to have suffered a major setback as a result of approved amendments of the Zimbabwe Citizenship Bill a few months back.

Zifa has been battling to secure the services of the Leyton Orient star in time for the continental championships to be held in Egypt in June and July.

Bonne, who holds a British passport reportedly, submitted his application form for a Zimbabwean passport at the Zimbabwean embassy in London early last month but according to the approved changes on dual citizenship, the striker may have to renounce his British citizenship.

The striker was in fine form this season for Leyton Orient scoring 23 goals in 46 matches to help the team earn promotion back the Football League Two.

Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa, was keen to increase his attacking options with the Bonne ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

“It’s quite difficult now to have all those players who were not born here in Zimbabwe into Warriors set up. Recent changes to dual citizenship laws clearly stipulates that a person who was born outside Zimbabwe will have to renounce the other passport to get a Zimbabwean one,” team manager Wellington Mpandare told on Saturday.

“Now it means that we need to start all over again and I don’t see anyone making it before the Africa Cup of Nations or we need help from senior government officials,” he added.

Zifa was in the process of trying to lure players with Zimbabwe roots such as Bonne, Andy Rinomhota, Reiss Nelson, Adam Chicksen, and Kundai Benyu among others.

Nottingham Forest star Tendayi Darikwa is already a key member of the of the Warriors squad despite having been born in the UK.

Both Wales-based Alec Mudimu and Leicester City’s Admiral Muskwe were born in Zimbabwe and grew up in the UK. They were part of the squad when the Warriors secured their ticket to Egypt in March.

The Warriors provisional squad for the Afcon finals and the preceding Cosafa Cup tournament is expected to be announced this week.