Cup final - no go for Dindane, colours confirmed
Lens yesterday granted Pompey permission for Aruna Dindane to play in the FA cup final for us as they felt 'it would be a good showpiece platform for him to get a move.'
Although this offer has been rejected!
Admin Andy had issued 'a 'take-it-or-leave-it' offer' to the French club, who were only willing to let him play this 1 game, whereas in order to keep up his match fitness the club wanted to be available to play the games in-between.
He, Admin Andy, says that he 'can't afford much more time on this one' so this is the end of the matter even though he does think Dindane 'deserves' to play in this game but feels that the 'chances are decreasing.'
I do feel sorry for the guy, even if in many ways I did not think we would miss him 'that much' if he could not have played in the semi final - although he did have a good game, so it would be a shame to not at least have him as an option for the final, but what can you do?
Whilst it is clauses similar to this one with him that have got us into so much trouble - among other things! - if a £4m payment was agreed after so many games there is not really a lot that we can do is there.
To be fair we cannot really moan at the likes of Boro for their stance on Gary O'Neil on one hand then bemoan that of Lens on the other can we really!
It is a shame for the guy but you could also argue, even with the match fitness he would drop in-between, would it 'really' be fair on others if he sat out the next month of 1st team football then returned to take a place in the cup final...
So, the Ivory Coast internationals cup dreams seem to be over...déjà vu anyone!
Another thing that we found out yesterday was, that for the first time in our 'Wembley history' we WILL NOT be wearing our blue shirts!
Chelski won the kit toss for this so we will wear our white away shirt for the showpiece event on May 15th. Although we DO have the same changing room and will, as fans, have the same end of the stadium again.
There are a few 'rumours' going around that Kappa 'could' produce another special 'one off kit' for the final, like they did the semi final...
PLAY UP POMPEY!