The Swiss club FC Basel does not want to leave the defender Yacouba Nasser Djiga (19 years old) to the national team of the state of Burkina Faso, which will play in the final tournament of the Africa Cup of Nations.
“Defender Yacouba Nasser Djiga, who plays for FC Basel, has chosen not to respond favorably to this call-up. contacted the player on the phone to ask him about his version and possibly initiate proceedings to force the club to make him available to the national team, but Yacouba told me that He has taken note of his decision, so I remind all the young players that wearing the national team jersey is one of the biggest pride a footballer could have in his career. In addition, I call on CAF and FIFA to look into the practice of certain clubs in detaining African players called upon to defend the colors of their countries at the CAN. we make the players understand, but also those around them, that the nation is an INSTITUTION and no disrespect to this institution will be tolerated on our part “, said the coach Aristide Bance, in a message posted on Facebook, on Sunday, a few days after announcing the extended group of 29 players for CAN.
FIFA could be notified in this case and could impose sanctions. A footballer has no right to refuse to be called up to the national team, in accordance with Annex 1 (Provision of national players’ teams) to the FIFA Rules on the Status and Transfer of Players. Otherwise, the player and the club may be sanctioned by the FIFA Disciplinary Board.
CAN’s problem is that it is being played at a time, January 9 – February 6, 2022, when European domestic competitions are in full swing, which is why many clubs are reluctant to release selected players.