Transfer window should close long before internationals – Wilmots – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Bertin Basson

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 21:00

Marc Wilmots, the coach of the Ivory Coast national team, says the transfer window should close well before any international matches to ensure that there are no selection issues.

The Belgian tactician is busy preparing his Elephants side for crucial back-to-back 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Gabon on September 2 and 5.

Yet he is still without a key player in the shape of defender Simon Deli, who is busy trying to complete a pending transfer from Czech club Slavia Prague.

“I am in constant contact with the players who have to stay in their club, since Simon Deli has not received permission from Slavia Prague to join us,” Wilmots is quoted by Linfodrome.

“So this is a situation that is still pending. I find it very unfortunate that the transfers continue until 31 August.

“At the mental level of the players, these are contracts for their life from time to time. And it will be Thursday at midnight that everything will be decided. We have a match two days later.

“To put all this in place, I preferred that everything be settled before we start the national teams.

“I speak on behalf of all managers, not just for me, because the problem is everywhere. We have to think about this problem at FIFA level.”

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Egyptian giants Wadi Degla sign DRC and Burkinabe internationals

Issouf Ouattara of Burkina Faso during the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, South Africa 2013 match between Burkina Faso and Togo on the 03 February 2013 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit ©Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 19, 2017. 13:00

Egyptian Premier League giants Wadi Degla have signed Burkina Faso international Issouf Ouattara and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Rudy Manga.

The move for the Burkinabe international comes after he terminated his contract with Cyprus’ Ermis Aradippou.

Ouattara has reportedly failed to score in seven appearances in Cyprus and will join Wadi Degla on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old has featured for Portuguese sides União Leiria and Trofense, France’s Nîmes Olympique, Chernomorets Burgas of Bulgaria, Libya’s Al-Nasr Benghazi, and lastly Ermis Aradippou.

He has also represented the Stallions nine times, scoring once against Seychelles in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

On the other hand, coach Mido has also secured the services of DR Congo’s Manga who becomes the seventh signing this summer.

Manga joins Wadi Degla this summer after Mohamed Abdel Monsef, Ahmed Samir, Ahmed Magdi, Ahmed El-Shennawy, Mohamed Hassan and Ouattara.

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