Africain Goalkeeper Gives up Half of His Salary in a Bid to Return to First-Team
Tunisian goalkeeper Sieffidine Charfi has given up half of his monthly earnings in an effort to return to playing for local outfit Africain Club, Ducor Sports understands.
Tunisian goalkeeper Sieffidine Charfi has given up half of his monthly earnings in an effort to return to playing for local outfit Club Africain, Ducor Sports understands.
Capped for the North African country’s national team, Charfi was blamed for Club Africain’s 8-1 humiliation at the hands of DR Congo’s TP Mazembe in February this year.
The result was a bitter pill to swallow for the club who felt their reputation have been torn to tatters considering that at one time they were Africa’s best side and are heavyweights in the North African game.
The game’s outcome was “inconceivable” for Africain who initially suspected TP Mazembe of drugging their players amid mounting pressure from fans demanding an explanation for the “insulting” defeat.
Charfi was later blamed by the board for letting in all those goals. The 24-year-old felt “scapegoated” and had to be relegated to the reserves for the last ten months.
In the interim, he’d tried forcing a move to another Tunisian premier league side without success with his current deal running until June 2021.
However, in a desperate move to return to competitive football, Charfi has offered to give up half of his salary in a show of allegiance to the club and fans in a bid to return to playing for the first team.
Club Africain are this minute cash-strapped, a situation they hope to rise above having seen fans chip in with donations as well as the Tunisian football governing body with the setting up of a separate bank account for such a cause.