Bonne hopes dashed

Fungai Muderere
MACAULEY Bonne’s hopes of representing Zimbabwe in a back-to-back 2017 Afcon qualifier set for Good Friday and Easter Monday were dashed because of passport issues, it has been learnt.

But the Colchester United striker is still dreaming of taking on some of the world’s most talented footballers for the Warriors at the African Cup of Nations.

Bonne was due to travel to play in Zimbabwe’s back-to-back Group L qualifiers against Swaziland but will now be available for Colchester United  home game against Doncaster Rovers on Good Friday, after administration issues dealt  his chances of playing international football a heavy blow

Bonne, 20, who scored on his Warriors  debut back in November 2014,told England’s  Daily Gazette that some issues to do with his passport were not dealt with in time.

“There were a few difficulties to do with me being British and playing for the Zimbabwe international team. There were a few passport issues that we did not really get sorted in time. I was due to leave last Sunday night and it would have taken too long to get sorted for me to play on Good Friday. I will get my passport sorted out and then hopefully be available for the next set of games,” said Bonne.

He added: “They  told me that I am going to be involved with them whether they qualify for the African Cup of Nations or not. I am disappointed not to be involved this time around as it is a massive thing playing in the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations – it is a big competition to play in. People all around the world watch the tournament – I sit and watch it myself and to be a part of that would be a big achievement for me. There are some world class players there and the teams we will be playing against are up there with some of the English Premier League players you see. It will be a different challenge but I am looking forward to it and want the boys to qualify.”

Following the heart breaking development Bonne’s attention immediately shifted to Colchester’s game against fellow strugglers Doncaster at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.