|English Premier League star Yves Bissouma who plays for Brighton fc was arrested on Thursday 2am at the Arch bar in Brighton, England on allegations of sexual harassment.|
The highly rated Malian midfielder was expected to grace Thursday night’s world cup group E qualifier against Harambee stars in Morocco, something that has now struck a ray of hope among Kenyans that without him, there might be an easier way out of that midfield.
According to British media The Sun, Bissouma, wearing a check shirt-style hoodie, was filmed by onlookers on the Brighton seafront being led away by two police officers.“People were absolutely stunned by what was going on. The next thing we knew, two police officers were taking him away in cuffs. I couldn’t believe it.”Sussex Police confirmed last night that a man in his 20s and another in his 40s had been arrested “in the early hours”.
Yesterday they were still in custody being quizzed by police. Witnesses say they had been at The Arch for “a couple of hours” before an alleged incident at around 1.30am.The nightclub was hosting a weekly promo night popular among students.
Bissouma, on £45,000 a week, has been one of Brighton’s top performers this year, helping them soar to sixth in the Premier League table — just two points off the leaders. The player — born in the Ivory Coast but now a Mali international — signed for the Seagulls from French side Lille in 2018 for a reported £15million.
Despite Mali being a politically unstable West African nation, they rely on a hundred percent of foreign based players. Some of their notable faces are the now disgraced Brighton’s Yves Bissouma, Wolverthampton’s Adama Traore, Southampton’s Mousa Djenepo among others.
Kenya’s Harambee stars will rely 70% on local based players with current Kenya Premier League champions Tusker providing five of those.
The east African nation currently lies second on group E with two points from two games, while the politically unstable Mali leads the log with four points after two games. Kenya’s noisy neighbors Uganda are third on the log also with two points, while Rwanda’s Amavubi are last with only a point.
Harambee stars seems to have a slippery hill to climb after recently firing Jacob Mulee as head coach and replacing him with the less convincing Engin Firat from Turkey.
The Kenyans need at least four points from Mali to keep their hopes alive for next year’s global showcase in Qatar.
By Shadrack Andenga Odinga