Zim face setback ahead of WC qualifiers

African Football

Zimbabwe have suffered a setback ahead of their upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Ethiopia.  

Norman Mapeza's side has been dealt a blow in their bid to have an England-based striker join up with the squad after the forward gave a new, bizarre reason as to why he turned down the latest call-up for Warriors duty.  

According to New Zimbabwe, Ipswich Town attacker Macauley Bonne has built a habit of making "excuses" to snub national team call-ups since making his debut in 2017. 

It is claimed that several former Warriors coaches have failed to convince the forward to play for his country over the past few years. 

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Former Chippa United manager Mapeza decided to give the player another chance to pledge his loyalty to the African nation in this international break, but this was in vain, with Bonne's club indicating that the temperatures in South Africa had a role to play in his latest snub. 

"You are being advised that Macauley Bonne can't make it this time around and the reasons are as follows; Mr. Bonne has a medical exemption stating that he should not play football in conditions of high temperature," Ipswich secretary Stuart Hayton wrote to Zimbabwe team manager Wellington Mupandare, per New Zimbabwe 

"Given the current temperatures in South Africa at this time, it is not advisable for Mr. Bonne to make the trip."  

The 26-year-old is said to be keeping his options open as he eyes a potential international career with England after scoring 11 goals in 15 EFL League One matches in the 2021/22 campaign so far.  

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