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Nigerian player in Sudan wants out before next year


December 3, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – A Nigerian player in the top Sudanese club El-Merreikh is planning to leave the country by year end citing cultural and intimidation issues he faced since transferring.

Nigerian footballer Stephen Worgu speaks during an interview with Reuters at his apartment in Sudan’s capital Khartoum November 12, 2009 (Reuters)

The striker Stephen Worgu made the disclosure in an interview with Nigerian sports radio station, Brila FM on Monday.

“I hope to leave Sudan by December,” he said but in another interview with Reuters said that would not move to another club in Africa.

In 2008 Worgu was top scorer of the CAF Champions League with 13 goals and was approached by several European and African clubs including Egypt’s Al-Ahly, but opted to move to Sudan after El-Merreikh made him a $1 million offer which raised eyebrows locally.

However, the Christian player was recently a center of a controversy after being sentenced last month to 40 lashes in Sudan after being convicted of drunk driving.

Worgu dismissed the charges as false saying that given the locally made alcoholic beverage he was accused of consuming is of “cheap” nature inconsistent with the money he makes.

“They say I drank araki ... I asked my lawyer what is araki? He said it is a local drink that contains alcohol," said the footballer. "The lawyer was like saying this guy earns good money how he can drink araki?" a cheap local drink.

He also accused the major rival club of El-Merreikh of being behind the plot.

“Some top officials and fans of Al Hilal are bent on pulling me down. Their grudge is that I signed for a rival club,” Worgu told Nigerian sports newspaper Sports Day.

"They wanted me to sign for them, but they did not meet my demands and ever since then, they have been witch hunting me” he added.

The Public Order Police (POP) crackdown on breaches of laws relating to decency and maintaining the peace came into the spotlight after this year’s high-profile conviction of Sudanese U.N. official Lubna Hussein, who was briefly jailed for wearing trousers in public.

Last week a Christian Southern Sudanese teenager Silva Kashif was arrested while walking to the market near her home in the Khartoum suburb of Kalatla.

Her mother Jenty Doro told Reuters that Khashif was taken to Kalatla court where she was convicted and punished by a female police officer in front of the judge.

"I only heard about it after she was lashed. Later we all sat and cried ... People have different religions and that should be taken into account," she said.

The family is planning to file a lawsuit against the police for clearing her daughter’s name and receive compensation.

Under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) a commission for the rights of Non-Muslims in the capital is tasked with defending the interests of Southerners living in the capital governed by Islamic Shari’a law.

However, observers say that the commission has been ineffective in carrying out its mandate.


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  • 4 December 2009 07:52, by johnmaker

    What a joke,the so called sharia law killing people indirect even foreigners.God help us from this evil govt.

    • 4 December 2009 08:09, by Ajongtar

      Khartoum is a terrible state against Christians.

      I don’t understand why southerners stick to live in Khartoum rather than Junub Sudan?

      This is good for those food lovers who are stacked like sign post with their lives in Khartoum will face the bitter constituencies of the Mundukuru

      • 5 December 2009 12:16, by David_N

        Go Home.
        I’m very happy when you leave SUDAN.
        Don’t Come Back.

    • 4 December 2009 08:19, by Abraham Agoth HOl

      Dear Worgu,

      It is completely your right to choose which place suits you better regardless of an alcoholic/ beverage consumption.
      I can praise you for the time you have spent helping el-merrikh who are looking a bit reluctant now after you you have subdued their specks. This is how they can blindfold
      the international community of their fake sharia law which is not SUPPOSED to be imposed on non-muslims that they use to accuse anyone whom they feel jealous of.
      You are sporty gifted person and you can use your talent any where, so, leave these fake guys and go back to your homeland.

  • 4 December 2009 08:09, by Thyinka

    Southerners will find themselves subjected to Sharia Laws if they don’t vote for separation and form their own country. We can’t live in a country governed by Sharia laws.

  • 4 December 2009 08:38, by Chuanga-enoor.

    I urged all our christians in Khartoum to leave their wealths and come back home, you will still be rich here when you gain stabillity. we are all victims of war and a second class citizen becoz of our religion.Our politicians don’t realized this sharia, think,think,think and liberate yourself like people of Israel don’t hide or take it simple this point of religion in this country its the source of war.

  • 4 December 2009 11:03, by Akuma

    Dear Stephen Worgu;

    Khartoum is not place for womanisers and Alcoholists like you otherwise leave Sudan, because sharia laws is a laws that govern the Sudan

    Dr. Akum. Chicago

    • 4 December 2009 15:08, by BUSTA 2

      Dr. Akuma Fuck you!!!!

      This is my first time to lose my temper for someone like idiot like you. What are you really talking about???

      I advise you last time to go back to school and you don’t take my advise with your fake English. Never post any nonsense of yours again in this web side have you heard?????

      Brother in Christ,

      Busta 2

      • 4 December 2009 22:47, by Diro79


      • 5 December 2009 07:18, by Madhoor

        Hello Busta,

        Are you a christian? As christian as you claimed to be, it is a good idea to speak the true in love but not using swearing words. If you use the language that is not appropriate or that cause people to fall or tremble(sin) and claiming to be a christian, you are using the NAME OF YOUR GOD IN VAIN which the ten Commandment tell us not to do. I am a christian and Iam trying to share this information with you. Don’t loose your temper but be slow to anger.


      • 7 December 2009 14:26, by Achuil Manyuat Tong

        you are right busta 2
        what is this guy trying to talk about ?
        it look like he does not understand what sharia law is .
        how foolish is he to say khortoum is not for drunkard .
        he does not konw anything at all .
        God must help him out b’se he lack knowledge.

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