Sunderland's Ndong out of Gabon squad for Mali clash in the World Cup qualifiers

AFP , Thursday 10 Nov 2016

File Photo: Gabon's Didier Ibrahim Ndong (L) challenges Burkina Faso's Alain Sibiri Traore during their Group A soccer match at the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Bata January 17, 2015. (Reuters)

Gabon midfielder Didier Ndong was kicked out of his country's World Cup squad on Wednesday and sent back to his English Premier League club Sunderland after failing to turn up for international duty.

The 22-year-old was accused of not letting the Gabon federation know the reasons why he had failed to show up for training ahead of Saturday's qualifier against Mali in Bamako even though he had been in Libreville since Monday.

"As a consequence, the Gabon football federation (Fegafoot) decided to send the player back to Sunderland," said a statement.

"He has not explained why he has not joined with the squad and all attempts to contact him have proved to be in vain."

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