The Straits Times
Published on Jan 18, 2013

Football: Congo players strike on eve of African Nations Cup


JOHANNESBURG (REUTERS) - Democratic Republic of Congo players refused to train on Friday as they continued a sit-in over money while coach Claude Le Roy wrote a letter of resignation on the eve of the African Nations Cup finals.

Assistant coach Sebastien Migne said Le Roy had written his letter in the heat of the moment and discussions on whether he would stay with the team were taking place.

Congo Football Federation president Constant Omari headed to Port Elizabeth on Friday to deal with the strike, 48 hours before the team's opening match at the tournament.

Before leaving Johannesburg, Omari said all was fine in the camp but players have now gone two days without training as they seek to force payment of promised bonuses.