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African Footballers Booed By Their Own Fans

Part of being a fan of a club is to ensure that each and every member of its team gets endless and tireless support from their fans. However, in the modern game that is not always the case.

Today, the Fan Park crew looks at five players who have been jeered and booed by their own fans…  

Emmanuel Adebayor
The Togo international came close to exiting White Hart Lane on transfer deadline day but was denied a loan move to West Ham by chairman Daniel Levy. Since then, Adebayor has been the constant subject of jeering by the Lillywhites fans.

Emmanuel Eboue
The Ivoirian international had to endure a painful and long injury lay-off with Arsenal back in 2008. When he eventually made his debut comeback to action off the bench, he struggled to find form and was booed by the fans. Arsene Wenger had no choice but to take him off again.

Pollen Ndlanya
Despite having played some fantastic games for both Chiefs and Pirates, the fans didn’t always admire Ndlanya and he had a few hecklers throwing hate and booes in his direction. 

Kingston Nkhatha
Arguably the most known about case to date, Nkhatha was the primary target of the ‘Boo Boys’ for some time. The constant verbal abuse thrown his way landed up seeing Stuart Baxter threaten to leave the club if the select group of fans weren’t silenced. However, Nkhatha was the one who landed up jumping ship.  

Bonus: Paolo Maldini
Although not African, this example shows how ruthful the fans can be and the booing made by the selected individuals makes little to no sense. Upon Maldini’s retirement at Milan, after 25-years at the club, he was given a harsh send off by the minority in the crowd as they bid their farewells with booes and jeers. 

These stories are sad but true. Can you think of other players who have been booed?


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