Poll result on the Irons Afcon stars


SakhoOver half of those voting in the ClaretandHugh poll asking whether West Ham’s three ¬†African stars – Alex Song, Diafra Sakho and Chiek Koutaye – should go to the African Cup of nations have said “No.”

A total of 56.52 per cent want the lads to stay at home whilst 41.03 are happy for them to go and represent their countries.

A fierce debate was played out on the ClaretandHugh forum with many becoming angry that the poll was held at all making it clear that the highest honour a player could achieve was to represent his country.

Others, however, still entertain fears of the ebola threat  whilst being unhappy that Diafra Sakho suffered a mysterious back injury whilst allegedly on the treatment table when away with Senegal.

That led to him missing games for the Irons and may well have influenced the poll’s final outcome.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • bubs says:

    The Ebola threat is a stupid subject to bring up that is the players and their families decision to make, if it was the World Cup being held there would we think twice about sending a team? I don’t think so,we lost downing for a week when he got injured and we lost Carroll for a whole season and we have already said as a club we are sending a medical representative,we will have to cope when these players are not fit and that’s why we have such a good squad now,other top clubs will be loosing player as we’ll .

  • WhuG says:

    I don’t agree with that Bubs. The canceled the England Ireland 5 nations match in Dublin for Mad Cow Decease! It’s about mass migration of people from infected areas. So the AFCON is surely a perfect example.

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