Wilfried Singo: Ivory Coast Defender Goes Viral For Trying to Stop Diakite from Receiving Red Card

Wilfried Singo: Ivory Coast Defender Goes Viral For Trying to Stop Diakite from Receiving Red Card

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Wilfried Singo helped Ivory Coast reach the semi-final of AFCON
  • Defender Oumar Diakite will miss the game against DR Congo
  • The Reims star scored the winner in the last minute against Mali

Ivory Coast defender Wilfried Singo was concerned about the availability of his teammate and match-winner against Mali, Oumar Diakite, for the game against DR Congo.

Diakite scored with the final kick of the game as the AFCON hosts reached the last four of the competition following a dramatic comeback win.

The Stade Reims defender, who came on in extra-time made a significant impact in the game but was sent off after taking off his shirt amid wild celebrations. Diakite had been cautioned earlier in the game before receiving his second yellow card.

Wilfried Singo. Oumar Diakite, Ivory Coast, AFCON
Wilfried Singo and Oumar Diakite celebrate after Ivory Coast beat Mali at AFCON. Credit: @CAF_Online
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In a video that has since gone viral on social media, Singo is seen trying hard to stop the overly excited Diakite from taking off his shirt, knowing that he was already on a yellow card.

However, he was overpowered by his teammate who was caught in a moment of sheer pandemonium.

Diakite will now join Odilon Kossounou, Serge Aurier and Christian Kouame as Ivorian players who will miss the semi-final game on Wednesday against DR Congo.

Interim coach Emerse Fae will be forced to rely on his wingers to play the right-back role with both Aurier and Diakite out for the big game on Wednesday at the Stade Alassade Outtara.

Ivory Coast last won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 after beating Ghana on penalties, as reported by CNN.

Odilon Kossounou apologises for red card

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Bayer Leverkusen's Ivorian defender Odilon Kossounou apologised to fans for his red card during the quarter-final clash against Mali in Bouake.

Kossounou was sent off in the first half after twice impeding Mali winger Lassine Sinayoko, forcing the Elephants to play more than an hour of the game with ten men.

Despite playing most of the game with a man down, the AFCON host came from a goal down to beat Mali in a dramatic encounter at the Stade de Bouake.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.