An Egyptian football club sacks a player for being HIV positive

Questions on ethics swell around the action of an Egyptian football club, Al Ittihad, which terminated the contract of their new signing, 21-year-old Cameroonian Samuel Nlend, just after four days of sealing a 3-year contract, because his medical test results returned positive for HIV.

An Egyptian online Sports News platform, KingFut.com reported that a media representative of the club confirmed the news to the press.

Nlend is regarded as one of Cameroon’s brightest soccer prospects. According to Quartz, he finished the last Cameroonian soccer league season as the top scorer with his former club, Union Douala. He played and scored for the Cameroonian senior team at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda earlier this year. The chance to play in Egypt, in one of Africa’s richest leagues, presented a platform to launch a lucrative career in world soccer. But those hopes have been dashed.

Now questions about ethics hover around the decision to make the player’s HIV status public. Critics have lashed out at the club, saying their making the player’s HIV status public was unfair on the individual.

 

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