Warriors coach, Sunday Chidzambwa’s hopes to have Leyton Orient star McCauley Bonne at this year’s AFCON finals in Egypt are fading fast as the forward is yet to obtain a Zimbabwean passport just five days before the deadline.
Chidzambwa believes that he needs Bonne who is an out-and-out striker in his Afcon squad. The warriors normally depend on Khama Billiat and Knowledge Musona who are midfielders. Although Nyasha Mushekwi was roped in, the coach believes he still requires another one to supplement his forward line.
ZIFA engaged the Government, through the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, to help facilitate the processing of Bonne’s papers. Bonne who is Zimbabwean by descent holds a British passport but has since submitted his application for a Zimbabwean passport at the Zimbabwean Embassy in London.
With the AFCON registration deadline set for June 10, Warriors manager Wellington Mpandare says there is need to push Bonne’s papers to help him get the passport to represent his country. Mpandare who is in South Africa for the COSAFA Cup said that chances for Bonne to obtain his passport before Tuesday next week were 50-50. He said:
However, as I speak, I am with the Warriors in Durban and I hope the papers are moving. I am normally the one who pushes for progress so, since I am away from Zimbabwe, chances are slimmer that we will be able to get the passport in time for Afcon but we remain hopeful.
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