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Montpellier president Nicollin: I won’t buy any more African players

FOOTBALL :  Montpellier jour des photos officielles pour la Saison 2012 / 2013 - 28/08/2012

president Louis Nicollin has claimed that he will not buy any more players that will participate in the African Cup of Nations tournament.

The Ligue 1 outfit, who were crowned league champions in 2012, have recently lost Siaka Tiéné and Jamel Saihi to Cote d’Ivoire and respectively.

Nicollin, who has a long list of controversies not dissimilar to Zamalek president Mortada Mansour, has expressed his displeasure at releasing his players for AFCON 2015 speaking with French newspaper Midi Libre:

“I think that, ultimately, Saihi can stay in Tunisia if he likes. I don’t understand how you can leave a club for so long in the middle of the season. It could destabilize the group.”

“In the future, I won’t buy any more players who play in the Africa Cup of Nations, that is clear.”

Disputes between clubs and countries participating in the African Cup of Nations are not uncommon. West Ham striker Diafra Sakho pulled out of the Senegal squad with an injury, only to recover and score the winner for the London side in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Michael Saad is an Egyptian-Canadian living in Toronto. A lifelong supporter of Zamalek through family inheritance, he covers the White Knights on KingFut and monitors the progression of the Egyptian national team carefully. Outside of Egyptian football, he is a passionate Arsenal and Toronto FC fan.

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1 Comment

  1. Ali

    January 30, 2015 at 6:29 AM

    That headline was really misleading… or I’m just a really negative person that immediately thought of racism haha

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