Agent admits Majeed Waris did not attend AFCON squad meeting, denies boycott

Published on: 11 June 2019
Agent admits Majeed Waris did not attend AFCON squad meeting, denies boycott
Majeed Waris did not attend the meeting with management

The agent of Majeed Waris has denied reports that the France-based striker angrily snubbed a high-level meeting to announce his exclusion from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations insisting the player has taken his axing in good faith.

Yussif Chibsah insists the action of the striker was not in disrespect to the management and technical team but an innocent act of disappointment in being left of the 23-man squad

Insiders in the Ghana camp revealed on Monday night Waris refused to attend the meeting with high level management, implying he was unfairly dropped from the team for the tournament in Egypt this month.

The meeting called by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah on Monday together with those currently acting as management of the team to announce the heart-breaking verdict to leave him out.

Deputy Sports Minister Perry Okudzeto as well as Normalization Committee members, Naa Odofoley and Samuel Osei Kuffour as well as GFA official Alex Asante and legend Ibrahim Sunday were all seated waiting to announce the decision to the player but Waris was reported to have refused to attend the meeting.

The reports said the Nantes striker, who had earlier in the day heard widespread reports of his dropping from various websites, decided that he has been disrespected with the leaks of the squad.

He was said to unhappy about the decision to leave him out because his statistics this season stand tall over several players in the squad which exacerbated his extreme disappointment.

However his agent Yussif Chibsah says Waris was even unaware over who was knocking his door as he was devastated by his absence for the squad to play at the AFCON.

"Majeed Waris was disappointed for his exclusion when he saw the news circulating on social media before he was informed officially”, He told Kumasi-based Ashh FM.

“Majeed Warris locked himself up in his room because he was in a bad mood after seeing it on social media,so that was why he refused to open the door when someone knocked”

“The meeting that Majeed Warris boycotted was not official because the players who couldn’t make up the final squad were called individually”

Waris locked himself in his room as he prepared to arrange to leave the camp by Tuesday morning to come to Accra for his summer holidays.

Waris' refusal to attend the meeting shows his direct anger at the decision while giving the caretaker management committee members a taste of how to deal with players.

Sammy Kuffuor who also suffered a similar fate in Mali 2002 after being thrown out of the Ghana squad for indiscipline also got to see dealing with players from the management perspective.

The France-based attacker, who is wanted by many Ligue 1 sides following an excellent season with Nantes, is surprisingly among five players who will not travel to the tournament in Egypt.

This is the second time Waris has been dropped from the Ghana final squad after making the provisional list for the Africa Cup of Nations.

He was dropped by coach Avram Grant from the 2017 team that reached the final.

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