Poignant images: soccer players train and sleep on the street

Jonas Baer-Hoffmann is angry, very angry. The president of FIFAPro, the international players’ union, raised a poignant example of bad governance in women’s football through some images on social media.

Vincent Van Genechten

Today at 21:05

The German saw a video of a training session of the U20 team of DR Congo. They were forced to prepare on the street for the World Cup qualifier against Cameroon. While they were trying to exercise, a van drove by.

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A little later it turned out that the women had also had to sleep outside. They had been evicted from their hotel because the Congolese Football Association had not paid the bill. “You start to wonder where the FIFA money for the promotion of women’s football has gone,” said Baer-Hoffmann.

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To make matters worse, it went completely wrong twice for the U20 team of DR Congo. It lost 0-4 and 5-0 to Cameroon and can therefore forget the World Cup.

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