Newcastle midfielder forced out of international because of 'missing' paperwork

Mo Sangare
Mo Sangare

Newcastle United's Mo Sangare has been forced out of Liberia's squad for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier – because of missing paperwork.

The midfielder had been called up for Sunday's game against DR Congo.

However, Sangare, part of the club's Under-23 squad, was forced to withdraw as he didn't have a copy of his UK residence permit,

Newcastle United under-23 player Mohammed Sangare has withdrawn from Liberia's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against DR Congo on Sunday.

"Sangare has a valid Liberian passport, but if he travels to Monrovia without his (residence) permit, getting back will give him problem," said Liberia manager Sebastian Collins.

"We thought it would be in the best interest of all parties that he secures his document before coming to Monrovia.

"He tried to fast-track the issuance of his residence permit, which went missing, but it will be issued next week."

Sangare, scouted while playing for a team in Stockport, was born in Liberia, but moved to England aged 14.