Just four days before the crucial quarter-final match against Nigeria, concerns have arisen within the camp of Angola’s Palancas Negras.
Having reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history with a 3-0 victory over Namibia on Saturday, the team faces a setback.
In an update from the camp in Abidjan, it was reported that star player Ben Mukendi opted to leave the team on Monday and head back to his club in Portugal.
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Despite being one of the standout performers for the country during the qualifiers, Mukendi has struggled to secure regular playing time in the ongoing competition.
Unhappy with being on the bench, the player has chosen to return to his club, Casa Pia, in Portugal.