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JDR will provide psychological help for Sangare

JDR Stars chairman and coach Nditsheni Nemasisi has backed their number one goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare.

This comes after the terrible blunder he committed for the Ivory Coast national team at the Africa Cup of Nations underway in Cameroon.

Sangare’s last minute mistake saw Sierra Leone score an equalizer and denied the Elephants an opportunity to qualify for the next round with a game to go in Group E. The match ended 2-2.

A few hours after the match, Sangare suffered another misfortune after it was revealed that his father, Toumany Sangare had passed away.

Speaking to FARPost, Nemasisi said the 35-year-old should keep in mind that he has another family in South Africa that is behind him through the tribulations. Nemasisi stated that the club will ensure that the player gets professional counselling if the need arises.

“We have no doubt in his ability as our number one, he will continue to be our number one and we will also check when he comes back on his mental readiness,” said Nemasisi.

“If there are issues then we will engage professionals, but I doubt there will be issues. Ali is an experienced player; I have seen him make a mistake against Uthongathi and he recovered the next game so we have nothing to worry about. To be honest with you everyone should be allowed to make mistakes, it’s unfortunate that such mistakes cost the country, but I think he must also be given credit where he did well.

“I am not sure as to whether when he played that game, if his father was sick and maybe it might have affected him. But when it comes to coming back to us the advantage is that we still have time to deal with the loss and the mistake that he committed,” he said.

“He needs to be very strong, particularly with the passing of his father. Condolences to him and his family, he must know that back in South Africa he has another family that is mourning with him and he must stay strong. Keep believing in his abilities, put the mistake he made behind him and focus. We have a bigger dream that we need to chase and that is him getting back to the club and JDR going to the DStv Premiership for the first time.”

It is unclear if Sangare has been granted permission to leave the national team camp given the latest developments. Ivory Coast will face defending champions Algeria in the last group match on Thursday and a draw will be enough for them to advance to the next round.

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