Aristide Bance of Burkina Faso challenged by Ahmed Hegazy of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon SemiFinal match between Burkina Faso and Egypt at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 01 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Tuesday Jul 24, 2018. 10:00
Burkina Faso striker Aristide Bance has shared his views on why African players struggle to play in North African countries.
The Al Masry striker in the Egyptian Premier League said Egypt and other North African countries have racism and attacked the Port Said-based club’s board.
Bancé is currently recovering from an Achilles tendon injury he sustained during Al Masry’s 2-0 victory over UD Songo in the CAF Confederation Cup group stages.
The Stallions international attacker took to his Facebook account to vent out his anger at the club and the North African countries.
“CAF president wanted to know why African teams like Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt did not go far in this World Cup. I would like to tell him to give a look at African football a little bit. I think there is injustice,” Bancé said in a video posted on his Facebook page.
“Africans who are playing in our continent are treated as slaves. The CAF president must look at this issue because I think too much is too much.
“A lot of our black brothers are suffering in countries like Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt. I have a friend who just wrote to me earlier and we play in the same club, he is there in Egypt.
“They confiscated his passport and falsified a document to say that he received all his due payments and the Egyptian FA there support the club.
“The case is very serious. We Africans with dark skin, we are not respected.”
“Football is not slavery but over there, there is slavery in Egypt. It has to stop, I was a victim of that, I am talking about it and nothing will fear me.
“Foreign players normally have the right to a residence permit. But there [in Egypt] most foreigners do not have the residence card.
“They are given a visa for three to four months. When the visa expires, you have to leave the country. And when you do not leave every day there is a penalty.
“There are a lot of players out there who have to pay those penalties but have no money. The clubs abandon them in the street.
“That’s why Egypt failed in the World Cup, because you are bad in your country. As long as you continue to be bad, your national team will be similar.”