Bonne not getting game time

HARARE - Colchester United’s Zimbabwean striker Macauley Bonne, who enjoyed a dream international debut for Zimbabwe Under-23 last November, is finding it tough to break into the starting line-up of the English League One side.

The 19-year-old forward burst onto the first team scene with three goals in his first six appearances last year, and looked destined to have a big part to play in this current campaign.

However, despite last year’s stunning introduction to senior football, Bonne has been restricted to just three appearances this campaign, all of them as a second-half substitute.

Eligible to play for either England or Zimbabwe, Bonne took the decision to make himself available for Zimbabwe last year ahead of the country’s quest to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Although he made a huge shout for Zimbabwe, scoring the Warriors’ solitary goal in the 2-1 loss to Morocco, he has not found the same form in England.

However, the Colchester, Essex-based club’s coach Tony Humes still believes the fledgling striker has a bright future ahead of him.

“Macauley is still a young man, who has only just turned 19,” Humes told English publication Ispwich Star last week.

“So yes, he played first team football last season, but it’s hard for Macauley when you’ve got Freddie Sears performing as he has been.

“Macauley has got to be patient, and he’s got to wait for his turn.

“But we think a lot of Macauley, and he’s got a good future with this football club, so it’s up to him to force his way in.

“He’s still learning. Tom Lapslie and Dion Sembie-Ferris (both made their first team debuts at Cardiff City in the FA Cup), have had a small opportunity and they are all still developing and still learning the game.

“The question is — how many of those young players can we put in the team at the same time?”

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