Bony baffles fans by scoring winner for Newport's development side

‘What the f*** is Wilfried Bony doing at Newport’: Fans are left confused on social media as ex-Swansea and Man City striker scores an 87th-minute winner for League Two outfit’s development side against Swindon

  • Wilfried Bony has trained on-and-off with Newport County since 2019
  • The 33-year-old is a free agent after leaving Dutch outfit NEC Nijmegen
  • He enjoyed a prolific spell at Swansea City before later joining Manchester City

The World Cup may be the focus of everyone’s attention but in South Wales, eyebrows were raised at the sight of one man who has scored on football’s biggest stage before.

Newport County held a behind-closed-doors friendly against their fellow League Two adversaries Swindon Town on Tuesday at Newport Stadium – winning the game 2-1.

However, it wasn’t the result that had people talking – it was the fact that the Welsh outfit had Wilfried Bony up front.

Wilfried Bony (right) scored the winner for Newport County’s development side on Tuesday

Bony has trained with the Exiles on and off since the summer of 2019 as he looks to build match fitness while finding other clubs – and he showed his class by scoring the winner for their development side.

The 33-year-old made his name on British shores during a prolific spell at Swansea City that later earned him a move to Manchester City in an initial £25million deal. He also had a loan stint at Stoke City.

Bony, who turns 34 on Saturday, spent the second half of last season with NEC Nijmegen in the Dutch top flight – ending a 500-plus day wait for football after being released by Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Ittihad.

And with the ex-Ivory Coast striker, who scored at the 2014 World Cup against Japan and Greece in the group stages, looking for a club he reminded suitors of his capabilities with an 87th-minute winner on Tuesday against Swindon at Spytty Park.

Once Newport tweeted the outcome, it raised the eyebrows of many on social media that the striker is now getting minutes for a League Two’s development side.

Wilfried Bony enjoyed a prolific spell at Swansea City – earning him a move to Manchester City

The striker’s time wasn’t as fruitful at the Etihad – but he did score in the Champions League

‘What the f*** is Wilfried Bony doing at Newport,’ tweeted one account.


‘Why is Wilfried Bony playing in Newport’s reserves?!’ said another, while one separate tweet read: ‘Newport County have got WILFRIED BONY playing for them?!?’

Swindon took the lead through Tomi Adeloye before an own goal from Marcel Lavinier levelled matters in the first half.

Second-half substitute Bony popped up with the winner three minutes from time with a close-range tap-in after Lewys Twamley was initially denied.

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