Ivorian Striker Souleymane Coulibaly has fingered the Al Ahly management and his teammates in claims he was ‘treated like a slave’ forcing him to quit the club after five months.
Declared “AWOL” by the Egyptian club the 22-year-old, who was once on the shopping list of top European clubs following his exploits at the 2011 FIFA U17 World Cup also claimed religious bias against his family.
Coulibaly said ‘his teammates refusal to pass him the ball’ were among issues that led to his quitting the club albeit without the management’s consent.
With my agent Lee Payne and Club Officials of Al Ahly Great Moment⚪️🔴👍 pic.twitter.com/wWdwmkiBae
— Souleymane Coulibaly (@SCoulibaly19) January 25, 2017
“I’m not crazy I left for a reason. I’m very sorry but I could not stay in that team anymore,” the 22-year-old Ivorian posted.
“My passport was held hostage. I was forced to do what I was told for example bow down and pray every time I scored.
“I did not feel comfortable in the team and (the) environment. I have tried my hardest for five months but I’ve reached my limit.
“The team wasn’t welcoming; they never passed the ball so I have to fight and struggle to get a hold of the ball in order to score.
“The coach forced me to play how he wanted me to play… If I didn’t obey the orders I get taken to the office and yelled at.
“My wife and kids are traumatized, my family are Christian and they didn’t feel comfortable practicing their religion in the country.
“I’ve been playing and working hard since I’ve started without the right to a break. I left without saying because I had to flee the first chance I had a hold of my passport.”
To all my fans I’m very sorry. pic.twitter.com/RlBW0NZSox
— Souleymane Coulibaly (@SCoulibaly19) June 4, 2017