Watford refuse to release players to Africa Cup of Nations

 - News - Jan 3

Watford have reportedly refused to release their two star players Ismaïla Sarr and Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis to represent their countries in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. This years AFCON will be hosted in Cameroon and the tournament will begin on the 9th of January, with the final being played on the 6th of February.


Ismaïla Sarr plays for the Senegalese national team whilst Dennis for Nigeria. Nigeria have simply refused to respond and has now replaced the player, whilst Senegal have released a whole statement regarding one of their most influential player. They have accused Watford of providing “spurious” reasons and have also threatened the English club with getting FIFA involved.

Watford have also released their own statement about Sarr. They stated “Ismaïla Sarr suffered a knee ligament injury on 20 November in the match against Manchester United and has not been fit to play for Watford since,”. They went on to say “In early December, the club wrote to the Senegal Football Federation outlining the clinical diagnosis of Ismaïla’s injury and immediately followed that up by supplying the MRI scans detailing the extent of the injury. After further consultation with medical experts, we informed the federation of Ismaïla’s rehabilitation process and likely timeframe of recovery.”


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