AFC Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe has now received international clearance from DR Congo to continue playing for the Cherries.
Afobe rejected a call-up to the DR Congo’s Africa Cup of Nations squad, but was forced to miss the games against former club Arsenal in the Premier League and the FA Cup game with Millwall due to having to wait for international clearance.
Afobe is yet to play for DR Congo, but has recently had his registration swapped from England to DR Congo, due to this DR Congo could have ask FIFA to suspend the player at club level for the duration of the tournament.
However DR Congo have agreed to allow Afobe to remain in England to fight for his place amongst the Cherries squad.
A brief statement on afcb.co.uk read…
AFC Bournemouth have received clearance from DR Congo, which will enable Benik Afobe to resume playing for the club with immediate effect.
The striker, who made the decision to withdraw from DR Congo’s Africa Cup of Nations squad to focus on his development at Vitality Stadium, required confirmation from his country to feature again for the Cherries.
It’s a bit of a joke this. Multi million pound industry and they can’t get it sorted? You could argue it cost us two points because I’m sure he would have come on vs Arsenal and would have help us keep attacking. He may have even made a difference vs Millwall. – Join the conversation here.
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