In-form Senegal striker Demba Ba has vowed to destroy coach Alain Giresse’s reasons for dropping him from the preliminary 28-man squad for January’s Africa Cup of Nations.
This is an unnecessary distraction for Ghana’s opponents Senegal who are seeking to fight the Black Stars in a Group of Death at the tournament next month.
There was shock as there was no place for former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Ba when Senegal coach Giresse made public a preliminary squad on Friday for the finals in Equatorial Guinea.
Demba Ba, formerly of Chelsea and Newcastle, has scored 16 goals in 19 appearances for Turkish side Besiktas this season.
The French-born 29-year-old has been on great form for his club side Besiktas in both the Turkish league and the Europa League.
Ba, who has been at loggerheads with coach Giresse, is distraught is he not part of the Teranga Lions squad and says he will destroy the reasons ‘one by one’.
“I can’t wait to hear his excuses and destroy them one by one,” Demba Ba wrote on Twitter.
He took part in the 2012 Nations Cup, playing all three games as Lions of Teranga fell at the first round
Ba was omitted from the Teranga Lions squad for their final qualifiers against Egypt and Botswana in November, with Giresse insisting the striker was injured.
A disappointed Ba quickly sought to clarify the situation in the media by insisting that he was fully fit to play.
“The coach called and said that I needed to rest and take care of my ankle. It feels strange to me as I am completely fit and able to play football,” Ba told Stades after his omission.
“If Alain Giresse wanted to include me, he would have done so as he knows that my ankle is completely fine.”
Giresse, at the helm of the Lions since January 2013, named just one home-based player, the Diambars ‘keeper Ousmane Mane.
Senegal have been drawn in Group C with South Africa, Ghana and Algeria for the January 17-February 8 tournament in Equatorial Guinea
Senegal made it to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002, the year they also made it to the final of the Nations Cup in Mali, where they lost on penalties to Cameroon.