- AFCON 2019 tournament took another twist after Mali expelled striker Adama Niane from the tournament
- The 20-year-old Niane reportedly slapped teammate and captain Abdoulay Diaby at Mali’s team hotel
- Diaby is now expected to travel to Cairo ahead of a flight back to Bamako
Mali’s Les Aigles have become the latest side to send a squad member packing from the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
According to Kick-off citing Ghanasoccernet, striker Adama Niane, was barred from Mali national team after he allegedly slapped teammate and captain Abdoulay Diaby.
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Additional report from Footmali claim the altercation between the skipper and the 20-year-old Niane took place at Mali’s team hotel.
Team members reportedly were waiting for a barber, when Niane arrived, and Diaby was believed to be sitting on his chair which he did not find funny.
However, after he could not take it any longer, the Belgium-based forward ‘attacked’ his captain with a slap.
And with the latest development, Diaby is now expected to travel to Mali's base in Cairo, ahead of a flight back to Bamako. Interestingly, the incident comes after Pharaoh’s of Egypt axed Amr Warda for allegedly harassing a number of women online.
However, the North Africans have revised their earlier decision to bar Warda, who has since returned to Pharaoh’s camp.
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Earlier, YEN.com. reported that Mohamed Salah has spoken for the first time since Amr Warda's explosion from Egypt's AFCON campaign.
Warda was a second half as a substitute in the opening game against Zimbabwe but will play no further part in the competition.
The 25-year-old who plays for PAOK Salonika in Greece has been alleged to have harassed a number of women on the internet.
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