West Ham’s Diafra Sakho upset with criticism over African Cup of Nations absence

West Ham Diafra Sakho defended himself after many accused him and the London club of dishonesty regarding his injury that kept him from joining the Senegalese national team for the African Cup of Nations, reports BBC Sport.

Sakho, 25, picked up a back injury earlier on in the month which meant he couldn’t join the Senegal side for the tournament. That led to initial criticism from the federation at the time, and he recently came off the bench for West Ham to score the winning goal against Bristol City in the FA Cup, eight days after Senegal’s first game would have been. But he was critical of the criticism coming his way.

“You doubt my love and my patriotism. The dream to contribute to the victory of my country flew for this year but is not dead. Never doubt the lion sleeping in me, as I never doubt the passion that burns within you,” he said.

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