Gabon's Didier Ndong apologises for going AWOL
Posted: 16 November 2016 Time: 21:20
Gabon international Didier Ndong has apologised to his country’s football association after being kicked out of the squad after skipping the start of preparations for last weekend’s World Cup qualifier in Mali.
The 22-year-old Sunderland defender told Gabon’s L’Union newspaper on Wednesday he had been out celebrating the birth of his daughter and missed training at the state of last week as a result but wanted a second chance.
Gabon sent him back to England and he missed the goalless draw with Mali in Bamako on Saturday as well as Tuesday’s friendly against the Comoros Islands, which was played in Tunisia.
“I let myself get carried away with the euphoria and with my friends. But it is not true that I was not contactable. I just want to apologise to the people of Gabon and to my fans who believe in me. My sidelining from the squad hurts. I know I have disappointed more than just one person,” Ndong stated.
Ndong said he had held clear-the-air talks with the Gabonese Football Federation and was keen to get back into the squad.
Gabon host the African Nations Cup finals in January.