Why Crystal Palace’s Zaha didn’t play for Ivory Coast over international break


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Why Crystal Palace’s Zaha didn’t play for Ivory Coast over international break


News / Sport 2 Views

Wilfried Zaha’s camp have as we speak moved to close down studies that the Crystal Palace star boycotted the Ivory Coast’s latest spherical of fixtures.

Zaha misses out

Les Éléphants are set to tackle Tunisia in a pleasant clash this night.

This comes after Ibrahim Kamara’s men fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat by the hands of Benin final Friday.

The Ivory Coast’s newest latest loss came with quite a lot of key performers absent, including Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.

It was confirmed over the weekend that the previous had returned to the Emirates to work on his fitness, after working his method into Unai Emery’s starting XI over current weeks.

As for Zaha, varying reviews emerged relating to precisely why Palace’s star man pulled out of worldwide obligation.

Wilfried Zaha through the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Spherical-of-16 match between Mali and Ivory Coast at Suez Stadium. (Photograph by Visionhaus)

‘Do not know something about him’

One such claim relating to Zaha’s absence, meanwhile, was that the 26-year-old was boycotting the Ivory Coast setup.

Such recommendations, although, have not gone down in any respect nicely with Zaha’s camp.

Talking in an interview with the Abidjan Show earlier as we speak, a member of the wide-man’s entourage slammed studies questioning Zaha’s dedication to his country’s cause, assuring that he has simply been dealing with ‘pressing’ personal points:

‘Wilfried is all the time motivated for his country. Solely he couldn't play these two games as a result of at the similar time, he happened to have several pressing issues to settle. He’s a boy who loves work and, opposite to what individuals say, he by no means boycotted something.’

‘Even when one is an official or when one works privately (outdoors of soccer), it might happen that one asks permission from his superior to be absent to settle family points or private things. So, why when Wilfried excuses an absence, is it stated that he boycotts the choice? Let individuals cease denigrating him as a result of they have no idea anything about him.’

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