Return of flames. For a dispute with Watford over his transfer to OM in 2020, Pape Gueye was suspended by FIFA. It was Aliou Cissé, coach of Senegal, who announced it this Friday on the sidelines of the African Cup of Nations match against Guinea, which the midfielder was therefore unable to play.
The 22-year-old player”had extra national team problems with Marseille. On a transfer, there were problems between Marseille and Watford. Fifa suspended him“said Aliou Cissé in a video seen on Friday by AFP.”So, as long as we haven’t appealed, he can’t play with us. We actually found out five minutes before kick-off” of the second match of the Lions of Senegal in Bafoussam (0-0), said Mr. Cissé. “This is another problem that has happened to us like so many other problems since the start of this AFCON“, he added.
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After several absences due to Covid during its first match on January 11 against Zimbabwe (1-0), Senegal was deprived of several of its players on Friday after numerous positive tests, including defender Kalidou Coulibaly, midfielder of PSG Idrissa Gana Gueye Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
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Information on the suspension of Pape Gueye “fell this morning around 11:00-12:00. The team manager (of the team) got the information from his lawyer who told us to be careful: don’t make him play“. “We must pray for (Pope Gueye) to recover for the whole (rest of the) tournament. It’s not obvious yet“, continued Aliou Cissé. Senegal will play its last group match against Malawi on the third day. The Lions and the national Sily of Guinea are almost qualified in the round of 16.
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Senegal, although diminished by notable absences, has not yet assumed the status of favorite that many observers attribute to him, he who is chasing his first CAN after two lost finals, in 2002 and during the previous edition in 2019. Before joining Olympique de Marseille in 2021, Pape Gueye first signed a pre-contract with Watford. Born in France, he played with the U18s and U19s of France before opting for Senegal, his parents’ country of origin, in October 2021. He signed his first professional contract in Le Havre in 2017.
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