The common tale of black magic has sufficed once more in the continent, this time with Naby Keita and one of his relatives believed to have been bewitching him.
The 24-year-old was a standout performer for country during the qualifiers but his injury prone feet and lack of consistency led angry youths to storm Keita’s family home during the weekend, to get a relative whom to them, is a prime suspect.
After Keita was forced off with a thigh injury in the first leg of the champions league semi finals, the injury worries have just kept piling on.
A police source reported to the BBC after the incident during the weekend that, Keita’s family home in Guinea was heavily haunted by disgruntled youths in the weekend.
“We sent a team of policemen to a house at Coleah in Conakry to restore calm after some youths attempted acts of riotous conduct in a house believed to be the family home of footballer Naby Keita”.
The relative who is the course of all the fitness squabbles and lack of form was the one targeted and aimed at in the family house during the weekend.
The people of Guinea do not think the run of events are normal and, they might just – know where they are coming from with these accusations; Naby Keita was almost ruled out of the AFCON, and only in the dying minutes was his name included amongst the list of players to head for Egypt.
The midfielder has gone ahead to play just 98 minutes in the tournament – in the first and second game, and having to sit out the scintillating encounter against Burundi which Guinea eventually won.
Top sources from Egypt say the Liverpool man has gone to England for proper medical attention to be back only on Wednesday, before the round of 16’s clash against Algeria.