By Angu Lesley
The Senegalese Football Federation, FSF has taken a strong stand against Watford’s attempts to hold unto their star midfielder Ismaila Sarr.
A January 1 release from the Secretary General of the FSF revealed national team authorities have declined suggestions of not having Sarr in their squad for the tournament.
The relegation battling English Club is trying it’s bit to have it’s best players in their attempt to have their best players during the upcoming run of matches.
“Watford, notified us on a decision of not releasing Sarr, the Senegalese Football Federation wishes to express its deep condemnation of the disrespect and discriminatory behavior of the Club,” SG, Victor Seh wrote.
The ‘confrontation’ is the second for the week between Watford and an African Federation. Watford engaged in a similar battle for top scorer Emmanuel Dennis this week and emerged victorious citing late arrival of invitation letter as a justification for not releasing the Nigerian forward.
Unfortunately for the Club, the Senegalese Football Federation promises to be a harder nut as the institution in the same release has hinted it will be seeking the attention of FIFA.
The release also indicates that the player is keen on joining the national selection though he is hindered by his club.
“The FSF will engage in all necessary actions to ensure that the rights of it’s players and all players who want to play for their national team be respected”
The 23-year old winger who played 90 minutes in the final of the 2019 AFCON tournament against Algeria and is expected to be a key factor in Senegal’s quest to break their AFCON jinx through the next edition of the tournament in Cameroon.
Recent developments have been detrimental to Watford’s reputation on the continent. The Club’s social media handles have served as a platform for fans to express their disgust.
FIFA has given until January 3 for all Clubs to release African players selected for the 2021 TotalErnegies AFCON tournament which gets underway on January 9 and run for four weeks across six host venues in Cameroon.
Senegal will be competing in Group B of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations where they will be facing Zimbabwe, Guinea Conakry and Malawi at the Kouekong Omnisport Stadium in Bafoussam.
The two time runners up and current Vice Champions, have been tipped as the biggest favorites for the 2021 AFCON title thanks to the team’s form in recent years, currently ranked first on the African continent and the star-studded squad Coach Aliou Cisse will be banking on in Cameroon.
Aliou Cisse will be relying on the likes of Liverpool star, Sadio Mane. Italy based defender and Captain, Kalidou Koulibaly and Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy and Sarr to an extent to help Senegal win its maiden AFCON title after coming closed in 2002 and 2019.
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