Lashes for drink-drive foot­baller

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

STEPHEN WORGU, a highly-rated Nige­rian foot­baller who plays for a Su­danese club, has been sen­tenced to 40 lashes for hav­ing con­sumed al­co­hol.

Worgu, 20, who plays as a striker for first divi­sion club Al-Mer­reikh of Om­dur­man, Khar­toum’s twin city, was found guilty this week of drink­ing al­co­hol and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

An east Khar­toum court con­demned the young foot­baller to 40 lashes and or­dered him to pay a fine of 50 Su­danese pounds (£12) for the al­co­hol con­sump­tion and 200 Su­danese pounds (£48) for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

Worgu, who signed a con­tract with Al-Mer­reikh in 2008 and has rep­re­sented Nige­ria at un­der-20 level, had been ap­pre­hended in the Su­danese cap­i­tal on Au­gust 21.

Ar­ti­cle 78 of the pe­nal code for­bids al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

“It’s not 100 per­cent cer­tain that he is guilty,” a club of­fi­cial said, adding that Worgu’s lawyer had al­ready launched an ap­peal.

“I am find­ing it hard to adapt [in Su­dan]. It’s a dif­fer­ent cul­ture, dif­fer­ent re­li­gion, dif­fer­ent lan­guage, ev­ery­thing,” Worgu told the BBC in April.

“They have this Sharia law, and it’s re­ally af­fect­ing me also, be­cause you don’t feel free to do the things you need to do.” – The Tele­graph

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