Tunisia's Chadli and Zambia's Mulenga sent home for indiscipline Last updated Wednesday February 1,2012 4:38am
by Godfred Akoto Boafo
Although their countries have advanced to the quarter finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), Adel Chadli of Tunisia and Clifford Mulenga of Zambia's tournament looks to be over already as they have each been sent home from their respective teams for acts of indiscipline.
The 35 year old Chadli refused to come on as a substitute in Tunisia's last group game against Gabon.
“The initial decision of the technical staff is that it will be best for both the player and the rest of the team if he leaves tomorrow,” said Tunisian Football Federation member Wadii El Jari while speaking to Al Jazeera.
Chadli is one of the few holdovers from Tunisia’s 2004 Afcon winning squad and was also a member of the 2011 Africa Championship of Nations (Chan) winning team. It isn’t the first time the veteran has clashed with coach Sami Trabelsi, having shown his displeasure at being subbed out of a pre-tournament friendly with Sudan at an early stage in the match.
Clifford Mulenga on the other hand was sent home after refusing to show remorse after breaking curfew with three other players.The talented winger has been a peripheral figure during Zambia's run at this year's AFCON after emerging as one of teh stars of the previous tournament.
“We have expelled him from the camp for disciplinary reasons," FAZ communications officer Erick Mwanza said.
"The coach has made it very, very clear why he had made that decision and it is in the interest of teamwork and unity and that cannot be compromised."