Bonne still keen on Warriors

HARARE - Newly-signed Leyton Orient striker Macauley Bonne has reaffirmed his desire to play for Zimbabwe saying the odds he has faced in processing his papers have not diminished that fire.

The England-based forward dropped down from League Two when he signed a two-year contract for the O’s in the National League where he expects to get more game time.

He has been quick to gain the trust of Leyton coach Steve Davis, who has not hidden his affection for Bonne’s work rate which was on display during Wednesday 3-1 win against Solihull Moors.

But while his club performances continue to gain reviews, his international career has failed to engage into higher gear with only a single cap for the Zimbabwe Under-23 against Morocco back in 2014.

Bonne was expected to make his Warriors debut at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon but it never materialised since he is yet to secure a Zimbabwean passport.

“I never had the help but that is all being sorted out now and I never failed to be part of the squad — my documents were not finished (but) I was part of the squad,” Bonne told the Daily News from his base in England.

The 21-year-old, who was born in Ipswich, England to Zimbabwean parents, spoke of his eagerness to play for the Warriors saying he has never turned down a chance to play for the national team.

“I haven’t once said I don’t want to play,” he said.

Bonne started his career with Colchester United and scored 16 goals in 84 matches for the side he joined as a 14-year-old.

O’s coach Davis reckons Bonne, who is affectionately known as “Macca” by his new teammates, is headed for the stars.

“He was excellent and worked hard. We know what he can do in terms of his work rate,” Davis said of Bonne’s performance on Wednesday.

“I thought his best chance came in the first half when the goalkeeper was off his line and he should have lobbed it in.

“They are the goals he needs to take and he knows that, but if he keeps getting in those positions he’ll score more times than he misses. He was exemplary in the work rate the team showed.”

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