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Benin striker hits out at federation following sacking

Razak Omotoyossi
Omotoyossi says Benin's federation is trying to 'tarnish' its players

Benin striker Razak Omotoyossi says the country's football authorities have tried to 'tarnish' the image of the national squad.

The entire coaching and playing staff of the Squirrels were sacked after the recent Africa Cup of Nations.

The Benin Football Federation (Febefoot) cited indiscipline and a lack of patriotism for the move.

"We are not indisciplined players and they just want to tarnish our image," Omotoyossi told the BBC.

"The truth is the players were fighting for their rights."

Benin lost two games and drew one at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, and Febefoot acted shortly after the squad returned home.

"Are the FA disciplining themselves?," Omotoyossi asked.

"I want people out there to see that they just want to tarnish our image."

He acknowledged that there had been disputes between the players and the Federation in Angola but said the squad simply wanted things to be done properly.

"The truth is the players were fighting for their rights," Omotoyossi said.

"They were not getting their jerseys in the time they needed them - the jerseys were not completed, the wrong numbers were given to the players."

Payments of allowances and bonuses to the players were also delayed.

Omotoyossi also questioned the appointment of stand-in coach Michel Sorin, who replaces his French compatriot Michel Dussuyer.

"I don't know anything about this coach," he said.

"He's been with a team in Benin for two years but there's no good impression of him from the fans or from people so I don't know anything about him - I'm not in a position to say anything about him."

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Sorin named Benin caretaker coach
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