Old Trafford Not For African Players?

Football: Old Trafford Not For African Players?

Trends of racism in football have grabbed the headlines in recent years. A number of black players plying their trade in Europe have been targeted, sparking a continent-wide debate in search of water to dissolve the situation: Racial slurs hurled, banana skins thrown, and monkey chants they have endured it all. It is a problem that has blighted the game for decades.

The scourge has taken different forms and shapes over the years. Racism in football is as old as football. With Manchester United, a club established in 1886; unarguably the most successful club in English football. However, it is shocking to know that they have only had 6 African players who had stints with them with Odion Jude Ighalo who almost literally pleaded for his loan deal to be extended. Information Guides Nigeria

Responding to these assertions, Sir Alex insisted that decisions made over personnel and signings had nothing to do with nationality, background, or race. It is hard to ignore the fact, however, that while the top English clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City most recently, Liverpool have often built their teams around African talent, the biggest club in England has never had a genuine African story or protagonist.

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They have struggled to have few who had ill-stints for the club during the last decade, South Africa’s Quinton Fortune, and Cameroon’s Eric Djemba-Djemba, but neither was a great success. Quinton Fortune in United colours. JAMB Result

The former was a versatile option and well-liked among the United fans and teammates. He was a first-team regular. While Fortune on the other side left in 2006, with the fond farewells of his club, Djemba-Djemba struggled to create a happy storyline also.

They had a chance to sign Mikel Obi but they struggled to seal the deal, Jose Mourinho took advantage of that. Will Manchester united not go the extra mile to sign him if he was an African player? Absolutely yes.

The theatre of Dreams is supposed to be a dream place for players, ironically it has always been nightmares for African players. A club of Manchester United height should at least have an African hero–at least one. Odion Ighalo came in to replace Marcus Rashford, scored few goals but was not given an opportunity to play the way we thought he would.

It is high time Manchester United led by example.

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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