Why Yaya was glad to get out of Africa
- 25 October 2012 09:48
- Posted by David Clayton
The morning after the night before – the Press is littered with theories as to why City haven’t shown their Premier League form in European competition over the past two seasons.
There was enough self-examination in the post-match interviews so let’s put the Ajax defeat to bed and move on.
Of the few ‘off-topic’ stories around today, The Sun concentrate on Yaya Toure’s nightmarish experience in Senegal last week.
Geoff Sweet doesn’t sugar coat the issue, quoting Yaya at length about the night which could impact on his Ivory Coast future.
He reports: “Yaya Toure has relived the horror that saw rocks hurled on to the pitch by baying Senegal fans on a dreadful night for African football.
“Toure and his Ivory Coast side were 2-0 up on the night — 6-2 on aggregate — in their African Nations Cup qualifier when mayhem broke out.
“Police in Dakar used tear gas in a desperate bid to disperse the rioters which the Manchester City star said ‘made it impossible to breathe’.
“Senegal have since been banned from the competition. But Toure insists he will never forget the havoc that broke out after the second of Didier Drogba’s goals from the spot.
“He said: ‘I’ve experienced a few things in African matches but nothing like that. There was a lot of agitation in the ground and after Didi’s second people launched big stones, chairs, bottles.
“‘They rained down as local fans attacked our supporters. The police had to use tear gas and in no time it was impossible to breathe. Everywhere I looked I saw panic.
“‘Army personnel helped us to the centre of the field and we were led to the dressing room amid flying stones. I feared a blow to the head. It was a hard moment. Two hours passed before we could leave.
“‘The scenes left such a negative image around African football, especially Senegal. Demba Ba and other Senegal players tried to calm us, but all I saw were faces full of fear.’”