The 24- team African Cup of Nations on going in Egypt has obviously lived up to its billings so far as countries have shown that they all worth a claim to be in the biggest football showpiece in Africa. However, the beautiful tournament has had some ugly incidents surrounding it.
While the beautiful game goes on the field, something else seem to happen off the pitch with different players involved in one act of indiscipline or the other.
Some players have been sent home by their FAs due to shameful and untolerable behaviour in the early days of the tournament.
Amr Warda of Egypt, Adama Niané of Mali and Selemani Ndikumana of Burundi have all being giving the boot by their respective federations while Haris Belkebla had his named removed in the Algeria squad for the tournament due to one shameful act or another. All these so the images of these teams are protected and serve as deterrent to other players.
Amr Warda, an Egyptian winger was sent home by Egypt for sexual assaulting a few women online after the team’s first win. About three women had accused Warda and the FA and had to take disciplinary measures against the player.
Burundi’s Selemani Ndikumana was sent home for breaking camp rules. The player who did not kick a football in the tournament was told to leave after landing in Egypt due to his ‘misbehavior.’
The Burudi FA said : The player Ndikumana Yamini is no longer part of the Burundi national team players who are going to take part in the CAN 2019 scheduled in Egypt from June 21 to July 19, 2019.
“The decision of the return of this player was taken today (Thursday, June 20, 2019) by the technical staff, after misbehavior shown by this player, thus violating the rules of conduct and solidarity that the players and staff have agreed to defend the national colors from This June 22, 2019.
Meanwhile, prior to the the start of the AFCON, Haris Belkebla dropped by Algeria to ‘maintain discipline’. The Algerian coach was reported to been angry at him and the player admitted that he made a mistake and had disappointed his family and promised he ” (I) will do everything on the ground to prove that I deserve it, and win back the hearts of Algeria.”
Recently, Mali expelled Sporting Charleroi forward, Adama Niané for gross indiscipline as it was reported the player allegedly slapped the team’s captain Abdoulaye Diaby after some misunderstanding between the two. The FA could tolerate such act of indiscipline and sent him home.
Niané was on the bench when Mali thrashed Mauritania 4-1 in their opening match and was expected to get some minutes in their next game against Tunisia on Friday afternoon.
As the tournament continues many look on to see what happens in the sidelines and the question many ask is: which player is next or which team is next to send its player home for ‘misbehaving?’
By Uche Dozie