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Bonne Left Out of Zimbabwe Squad
Wednesday, 29th Sep 2021 13:45

Blues striker Macauley Bonne has been left out of the Zimbabwe squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Ghana early in October.

The seven-goal frontman’s omission comes as a surprise given his form for Town and after he was named in the initial party for the internationals earlier this month, although the 25-year-old ultimately didn’t travel due to EFL clubs not releasing players for matches in countries on the Government's red list.

Ghana, who host the first match on Saturday 9th October, isn’t on the red list, but Zimbabwe still is and ZIFA [the Zimbabwe FA] say discussions are ongoing regarding the involvement of the English-based players included in the squad in the game in Harare on Tuesday 12th October.

Bonne being left out of the Zimbabwe squad means it’s less likely Town’s home game with Shrewsbury on Saturday 9th October will be postponed due to international calls.

Midfielder Sam Morsy has already been named in the Egypt squad, while Bersant Celina seems likely to be included by Kosovo for their games in Sweden on Saturday 9th October and at home to Georgia three days later. Both Sweden and Kosovo are on the amber list.

Zimbabwe: Martin Mapisa (Zamora CF), Talbert Shumba (Free State Stars), Washington Arubi (Marumo Gallants), Alec Mudimu (Torpedo Kutaisi), Brendan Galloway (Plymouth Argyle), Bruce Kangwa (Azam), Jordan Zemura (AFC Bournemouth), Onismor Bhasera (SuperSport United), Rahman Kutsanzira (FC Platinum), Teenage Hadebe (Houston Dynamo), Tendayi Darikwa (Wigan Athletic), Blessing Sarupinda (Sekhukhune United), Farai Madhanaga (Marumo Gallants), Kelvin Madzongwe (FC Platinum), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs), Kudakwashe Mahachi (SuperSport United), Marshall Munetsi (Stade de Reims), Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa), Never Tigere (Azam), Perfect Chikwende (Simba SC), Thabani Kamusoko (Zesco United), Knowledge Musona (Al-Tai), Knox Mutizwa (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Terrence Dzvukamanja (Orlando Pirates).

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CaptainAhab added 13:50 - Sep 29

ArnieM added 13:50 - Sep 29
Sorry, but I’m actually glad . Not good for him personally I know. But Club comes first this season . And I’m desperately hoping Morsy is not given go ahead to play for his Country too. We need our best players here right now .

Sorry if that offends , but we have too much to lose if the team is disrupted by international call ups.

JewellintheTown added 14:11 - Sep 29
Scoring here at Ipswich like he is, I think part of Bonne will be happy he doesn't have the distraction & can focus on what he's been brilliant at so far. He would have deserved a place.
Hope his form hasn't been based on impressing for playing for Zimbabwe though.
Selfishly I'm sad, but glad, if you know what I mean.

timkatieadamitfc added 14:13 - Sep 29
Doesn’t offend ArnieM I couldn’t agree more, I know it must be an extremely proud moment for these players to represent their countries, but on a selfish/ITFC point of view, I’d rather Bonne be rifling more goals in for us than Zimbabwe and Morsey putting in more performances like last night for us than Egypt.
Both were exceptional last night btw

Dear_oh_Dear added 15:52 - Sep 29

therein61 added 16:19 - Sep 29
Great news from the clubs point of view and with luck the others will be kept back(they all want to play international football who wouldn't and it's a shame under the circumstances) to enable us to go on what is now a promising looking run and rise up the table, C.O.Y.B.

ITFCRich added 16:44 - Sep 29
Clearly Southgate has asked him to represent England instead…

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 16:44 - Sep 29
I may be selfish, but for me this is good news. Last thing we need now is to break up the momentum we are trying to build. Sorry, Macauley - take it as a big compliment as to how you've performed to date.

BlueRuin69 added 16:54 - Sep 29
Bonnes been brilliant for Ipswich and deserves international recognition. Keep scoring for us and im sure the call will come. COYB

blues1 added 17:08 - Sep 29
Don't get why people think this is a good thing for the club? It means we will have to play the shrewsbury match without Morsy, and probably Celina. So could actually be detrimental to us having to play that match rather than to be able to postpone and play it later with those players available.

timkatieadamitfc added 17:29 - Sep 29
Get the games played now blues1, we have the quality to beat Shrewsbury without 2 players, remember what happened under Lambert when we postponed games needlessly when we were on a good run.
3 games
8 goals
2 clean sheets
7 points from 9
Despite what lots of people said about Saturday, we played well against another team who I expect to be up there at seasons end

therein61 added 17:50 - Sep 29
Be nice if people read comments properly before they start carping.

Murphys_Law added 18:59 - Sep 29
Phil, there is no amber list these days!

Linkboy13 added 19:23 - Sep 29
They must have Ronaldo guesting for them.

Dissboyitfc added 20:27 - Sep 29
Timkatieadam the difference is Lambert did call them off needlessly as the internationals called up werent often starters in our team, this is different we are likely to be missing key players!

Juggsy added 08:35 - Sep 30
Some awesome names in that list! Not sure Teenage Hadebe will age well though.

johnwarksshorts added 09:06 - Sep 30
There loss our gain.

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