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Dembele agent hits back at Jean-Michael Seri – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 15:30


The agent of Barcelona midfielder Ousmane Dembele has hit back at Nice’s Ivorian star Jean-Michael Seri.

The Elephants player criticised Dembele for going on strike at Borussia Dortmund and forcing through a move to Barcelona this past European summer.

He also claimed that the mental and physical stress of this action led to Dembele’s early-season injury problems.

But Dembele’s agent Moussa Sissoko has now taken a swipe at the Nice player, telling L’Equipe: “When Seri discusses the attitude to adopt, I wonder if it would be appropriate for him to focus on how he could return to his best.

“His transfer to Barça was aborted and he may have remained on that disappointment.

“Since then, he seems missing in Nice where he is still under contract. And if I refer to his words given to Mundo Deportivo at the end of August, he himself confessed to having exploded with his leaders, whose office walls he shook after he realised he would not go to Catalonia.

“Now, rather than giving lessons wrongly or rightly, or negatively addressing Ousmane’s career, it may be time for him to focus on keeping his club in Ligue 1.

“I want to remind Seri and other critics that Ousmane Dembele went from his first professional contract with Rennes, Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in less than two years.

“It’s a career plan that I wish for everyone.”

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SA’s Ndlovu hits out at poor officiating in UEFA club games – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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SA's Ndlovu hits out at poor officiating in UEFA club games

Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta (L) and Qarabag’s Dino Ndlovu (R) in action during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Chelsea FC and Qarabag FK

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 11:00


South African international Dino Ndlovu is unhappy with the state of refereeing during his club Qarabag’s UEFA Champions League match against Chelsea.

Azerbaijan champions Qarabag suffered a 4-0 defeat to the English champions at the Baku Olympic Stadium with Chelsea receiving two penalties during the Group C game on Wednesday.

Ndlovu has since taken to the club’s social media account to express his frustrations. He was also given a red card against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid for an apparent dive in a Group C match.

“It was a good game in the first 20 minutes, but the referee solved the problem for us. I cannot blame anyone though, it’s futile, anything can happen,” he said.

“What can we do? It’s a good experience for the team, make no mistake. I’m not a UEFA official, I do not want to talk about refereeing.

“It’s not my problem, but they did what they did… We get red cards in the Champions League games,” the 27-year-old continued.

“And I do not understand the reason, maybe because we’re a small club, so I’m sorry.”

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Algeria’s Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaiba hits back at critics – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 08, 2017. 14:30


Algerian defender Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaiba has hit back at the critics who argue that he does not deserve a place in the national team.

The versatile 29-year-old was included in the Fennec Foxes selection by new coach Rabah Madjer ahead of the impending matches against Nigeria and Central African Republic.

Madjer has been criticised for calling up the Nimes player, but Cadamuro-Bentaiba insists this does not bother him at all.

“You know, these criticisms do not affect me,” he told Le Buteur in an interview.

“They move me forward. That’s the law of football. We are criticised because we can not always be unanimous.

“After that, I think critics, when they are objective, there are no problems, I accept them.

“If it’s personal, it’s useless. I cannot force people to love me. They are free to say what they want. The most important thing is that I am called in selection, no offence to some.”

Cadamuro-Bentaiba added that he is excited to work under the new Algeria coach.

“Madjer trusted me and that honors me. He is a new coach, and I cannot wait to see what he will offer us, his tactical choices and what we will work all week on to tackle these two games against Nigeria and the Central African Republic.”

Algeria will host Nigeria in Constantine on Friday night for their final Group B 2018 World Cup qualifier.

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