Sakho gate continues – should Allardyce play him?

One of our top players is embroiled in a row with his own country and it looks like they are out for blood. Big Sam has been told not to play striker Diafra Sakho  until the row has been resolved.

Sakho has been the object of hatred from his own country, Senegal since he scored the Hammer’s match winner against Bristol City in the FA Cup. An injured Diafra Sakho had to pull out of the Africa Cup of Nations due to a back injury but came off the bench to nod home West Ham’s winner against a Bristol side that was really up for it.

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West Ham have done nothing wrong Allardyce insists and the boss even accused the Senegalese FA of mistreating his frontman after picking up a back injury that ruled the summer signing out of 3 Premier League matches.

Sakho was then benched a second time on January 1st as he aggravated his injury against West Bromwich Albion. This led to the 25 year old being ruled out of the national side in the Africa nations Cup. West Ham United insisted the player wasn’t able to fly and they had to take the player to matches by car. Of course, flying was out of the question and he was not able to join up with the rest of the squad for international duty.

Sakho’s inclusion in the squad was even questioned by the press but Allardyce insisted:

“He’s still unable to fly,” the boss told talkSPORT.

“We had to drive him down in a limo on Saturday afternoon, but other than that he said he can get out on the pitch and just see how he goes.

The Hammers lost their away match against Liverpool on Saturday by 2 goals to nil and Sakho wasn’t included in the lineup. Allardyce has confirmed the player will not step onto the pitch until the problem is resolved.

“With Sakho it is down to the situation we are in with FIFA,” said Allardyce.

“While it is happening it is not conducive for us to be putting him on the field until it is resolved sadly.

“If you speak to the lad you would know how angry and disappointed he is at being denied the opportunity to play football when it is not our fault.

It has also affected the player and he received a lot of flak from his countrymen on social media. We hope it all turns out alright for both club and player and wish him a complete recovery.

What made me smile though was Sakho’s goal celebration against Bristol – making an “irons sign” to the crowd – magic!

About Stevo

Stevo can remember going to games with his Dad and seeing the likes of Clyde Best of all people. He also has a few mates who have “done” complete seasons too – and that was when the Irons were in division one. That’s every home and away game – unbelievable! Stevo plans to do this himself next season!


  1. Why hasn’t Leicester City and Jeff Schlupp been called up by FIFA as he was also injured at the time he was called up by Ghana. He then played against Spurs in the FA cup and on Saturday against Man Utd and Ghana are still in the ACN cup. Can someone please explain what the difference is then.

  2. We were totally wrong to have played him. We gave Senegal the impression he had a medium term injury and would be out for 4-6 weeks. In reality we just lied because we were in a row with the Senegal FA. We ended up acting like kids and looking like mugs.
    Such immaturity and poor management. Still waiting for the apology

    • Maybe we shouldn’t have played him but I don’t think it mattered anyway as Senegal didn’t get past the group stage. A lot of hot air from the Senegal FA plus playing him has led to this. Both sides should come to an agreement and grow up I reckon.

  3. Peter Iron says

    While Blatter runs Fifa it does not look good , he will side with any one against English teams , i think he makes up the rules as he goes along .The sooner he is gone the better . I think we should have played him until told otherwise , all we have done is impose our own ban on playing Sakho .

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