Niger’s main striker Moussa Maazou is nowhere to be found after his team qualified for its first African Cup of Nations last week.
His Belgian Pro League side Zulte Waregem said today they had no contacts with the 23-year-old former Monaco player and were yet to foresee any reasons why he had not reported to base after the end of his international assignments.
The club said Maazou left early this month to his homeland to help the Mena wrap up their 2012 Afcon qualifying campaign, but had not returned or called since then.
The Waregem lost their weekend home game 2-1 to Lierse, as they continued reeling the absence of the Nigerien whom they acquired on loan from CSKA Moscow early this year, and would certainly release early next year for the finals of the Gabon / Equatorial Guinea 2012.
A source at the Niger Football Federation (FENIFOOT), who spoke on condition of anonymity because of not being authorised to address the media, told SuperSport.com that Maazou was seen last a week ago in Niamey, Niger capital, but that no one at the body’s headquarters could tell why he had not returned to his club in Europe.