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Galatasaray's Drogba and Eboue sent to Discipline Committee over Mandela's t-shirts

Posted On Monday, 9th December 2013
Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba

Last Friday evening Galatasaray’s Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue played a lovely homage to the late Nelson Mandela by bearing t-shirt messages in their side’s win over Elazigspor.

It’s now come to light that the Turkish football authorities took a rather dim view of the benevolent gesture, believing it to carry a political message and hence break the rules, and have summoned the pair to the FA disciplinary committee to explain themselves.

Drogba’s T-shirt read: “Thank you Madiba” while Eboue’s said: “Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela” in respect of the man who changed the course of African history by putting an end to the Aparthied regime in South Africa.

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  1. Dre says:

    Drogba and eboue simply tell them to eff off what complete foolishness and if they don’t like it leave my brothers I’ve never seen or heard anything so stupid

  2. fred says:

    these peoples are brats and bunch of hypocrites how can this be.anyway have Soccernet watsup forum if u interested just hit me on 0543698566

  3. Boro says:

    WORDS OF CAUTION TO AKWASI APPIAH
    Finally, the ball is in our court and I think, I agree with AA when he said it all boils down to preparation. What I will like to add though is commitment, stamina, prevention of naivety (concentration at all time) and our technical bench.
    PREPARATION
    Physical
    I think we need to prepare well physically to give us the stamina we need. The members of the BS team should on individual basis begin to work on their stamina so that they can go all out during the tournament should they be selected. The Ghanaian players to avoid any lackadaisical attitudes in each of the 90 minutes they will play.
    Psychology
    Players of the BS team should begin to put it in their minds that they are going out there to win each and every match no matter the pedigree of the opposing teams. I mean “the can do spirit”. The Ghanaian psychologist needs to begin working on the team right now!!!
    TECHNICAL BENCH
    Possible Oppositions
    First of all, with the draws out I think the video analyst should begin to look out for the shortfalls of all the teams we have been paired with and AA work out good strategies to map out these teams like he did to Egypt. He must choose teams with similar strategies for our international friendly games and try these strategies base on the strong and weaknesses of these teams to see how those strategies will work. Going forwards AA should know that there is possibility that the teams we are going to meet might be able to either passes the ball than us or try to catch us on swift counter attacks or surprise us with long passes. There can also be a situation where opposing teams might try to get set pieces in dangerous positions or even cause numerical disadvantage. In the mist of all these in AA’s mind how is he going to map out a strategy to avoid all these problems? For instance, in the return match against Egypt his strategy of swift counter attack did not work well. Although we got a consolation goal through that in the dying minute of the match, I think that strategy was well executed. How is he going to correct that?
    Concentration
    If I am to remind AA of the 2006 world cup in Germany, we lost to Brazil by three goals. In that match we had more possession of the ball than the Brazilians however; it only took two piercing passes from Ronaldinho which caught our defense flat and sleeping. In fact, such passes threatened our defense throughout that game. How is AA going to prevent such technical disability from happening to this team?
    Lessons learned?
    In our match against Egypt in Kumasi although we won that match 6-1 against Egypt, AA made a basic mistake which when made in the world cup could cause us a red card and therefore numerical disadvantage. This is the foul committed by Rashid Sumaila which caused us the penalty. In the first place I think it was a red card offense and when he escaped what AA should have done was to substitute him. In the big stage like the world cup what the opposing team will do is always try to attack through him to commit another bookable offence. Had RS attracted the red card could BS have won by that margin?
    I must also state that the continuing turning of one of the most skillful players in the team into a defender in the person of Kwadwo Asamoah is not helping the team. He should rather find a player who can do his work at the left back position well to free KA rather than the current approach.
    Ghana’s Group
    With our group for this coming 2014 world cup, I think it is a good group for us, if we really want to go farther than the previous world cups. Unless, we are just there to add to the numbers because it is the toughest of all the groups and if we are able to sail through in this group “Isha Allah” we can be sure of reaching the semis and then to the final. After all, as the saying goes “one need to be better than good in order to compete with the best of the world”
    Wish you well AA.

    • CEREBRAL says:

      K. Asamoah’s role worked perfectly in the Egypt game. In an interview K. Asamoah stated that his tactical role was to fall back and help Opare to prevent Salah from scoring. It worked.

  4. spellBOUND says:

    aaaaah turkey, what POLITICAL message does this carry????
    for a country as advanced as turkey, this move is analogous to the thinking of cave men…..

  5. Thegreatest says:

    Great men come home and leave cruel Turkish to be stupid.





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