Sakho ‘saddened’ by AFCON criticism
West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has hit back at those who have questioned his desire to play for his country after he withdrew from Senegal’s Africa Cup of Nations squad.
Sakho returned to action for the first time since New Year’s Day to score the winner in West Ham’s fourth-round FA Cup tie away at Bristol City on Sunday.
West Ham declared that Sakho’s persistent back problem was the reason why the striker couldn’t travel to Equatorial Guinea for the tournament earlier this month.
Sakho took to social media to respond to those who have doubted his commitment to The Teranga Lions.
“Friends, supporters, Senegalese people,” he wrote on his official Facebook page.
“I took the time to browse all of your reactions on social networks. Very quickly the joy which lived in me after scoring and save (sic) my club today turned into great sorrow and great anger.
“Great sadness because some of your words have touched me in the depths of my person, my heart, and this, without knowing what really happened.
“Great wrath, because after all my tests passed, my fighting day after day, season after season to finally wear the jersey of my homeland, the jersey of my family, the only nation which has in my eyes, you doubt my love and my patriotism.
“My absence from this 2015 CAN, my first CAN, was not without penalty. The dream of helping my country win flew this year but is not dead!
“Don’t ever doubt the lion who sleeps in me, as I never doubt the passion that burns in you.”