Egypt have confirmed that midfielder Amr Warda has been sent home and banned from the national team indefinitely.
The 25-year-old featured for Egypt in their unsuccessful campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and was tipped by football pundits to play a key role for his country at AFCON 2019.
However, in the build-up to the tournament, media reports surfaced over alleged sexual harassment of some of his teammates’ wives during his time with Greek Super League champions PAOK.
His inclusion in the final 23-man squad was met with criticism and backlash from the Egyptian media and fans alike. On Wednesday, officials announce his expulsion hours before their second Group A clash.
Egyptian media outlet Yallakora stated that Warda has now been accused of harassing several women on social media for explicit images.
Ihab Lehita, the media officer of the Pharaohs confirmed today that the decision was made to exclude Warda after consulting with the technical and administrative staff of the team.
“The decision was aimed at maintaining a state of discipline, commitment, and concentration in the current Egyptian camp amid Warda’s off-the-field issues,” Lehita added.
Egypt will play DR Congo tonight at the Cairo International Stadium at 8pm.
By Delrand Ansah Mensah Whyte (SKIPPER), Daily Mail GH