Bonne finally  joins Warriors camp ahead of four nations tournament

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England-born striker Macauley Bonne led a host of foreign based players who joined the Warriors camp in Malawi yesterday ahead of the four nations tournament which takes place during this current international break.

The 28-year-old footballer, who plays for Cambridge United in the English League One, appears to have made up his mind to represent Zimbabwe after countless call ups in the past.

Bonne has played two friendly matches for Zimbabwe in the past.

Other European based players who have joined camp include the France based duo of Marshall Munetsi and Tino Kadewere, Jordan Zemura, Tivonge Rushesha, Shane Maroodza, Brendan Galloway, Divine Lunga, Tawanda Maswanhise, and Munashe Garananga.

Tawanda Maswanhise

This brings the number of players in camp to 21 with English Premier League side Brentford B team goalkeeper Marley Tavaziva is expected to arrive today.

Wolves young forward Tawanda Chirewa has withdrawn from the team due to personal reasons.

Teams taking part in the event sponsored by First Capital Bank to the tune of 50 000 000 Malawian Kwacha ( about US$30 000) include hosts Malawi, Zambia and Kenya.

Tawanda Chirewa

The team includes seven locally based players namely Emmanuel Jalai (Dynamos) Kevin Moyo (Dynamos), Junior Makunike (Simba Bhora), Martin Mapisa (Dynamos), Peter Muduhwa (Highlanders), Donovan Bernard (Chicken Inn) and Walter Musona( Simba Bhora)

Foreign-based players such as Teenage Hadebe (Tumosan Konyaspor, Turkey), Joey Phuthi (Sheffield Wednesday, UK), Gerald Takwara (Ohod FC, Saudi Arabia) and Daniel Msendami (Jwaneng Galaxy, Botswana) arrived in Malawi on Monday.

Warriors head coach Norman Mapeza

Coach Norman Mapeza was excited about the opportunity to assess the foreign based players who are new to the Warriors set up.

“We are happy to be here it’s a massive training opportunity as everybody knows we have been crying about lack of friendly games (in the past). We are happy to assess everybody, the guys coming from England and the local guy but it’s definitely about the guys who haven’t been here before so it’s a massive opportunity for those guys. And yes we are greatful for what ZIFA have done for us,” he said

The Warriors will be using the tournament to prepare for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers which will take place in June.

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