Date: 4th January 2010 at 10:43am
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Aston Villa`s legendary midfielder Moustapha Salifou has dealt a blow to the league and cup domination plans laid out by Villa boss Martin O`Neill as he jets off to Angola for the African Cup of Nations.

Star Salifou, 26, has amassed an amazing 0 minutes this season for the Claret & Blue first Xi, truly showing the worthiness of his nickname “The Togolese Zidane” and like so many big teams, Villa will undoubtedly suffer from his absence.

It is not quite known what Salifou`s actual purpose at Villa Park is these days (although if I may be serious briefly, he did attend a squad visit to an ACORNS hospice in Walsall) however it was rumoured that he may well have been the towel whipping boy, parking steward for Doug Ellis` Roller, or possibly and most likely, a paperweight on Martin O`Neill`s desk.

The former FC Wil powerhouse joins up with fellow Togolese stars Emmanuel Adebayor and Assimiou Tore for the tournament that begins on the 10th January with hosts Angola taking on Mali.

Salifou & Co. start their quest for glory against Ghana on the 15th. I will endeavour to keep an eye on our legend Mous as the tournament progresses.

Sing song anyone?

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