CAIRO – 25 November 2017: African players unite against slavery by crossing their arms, a gesture that is being echoed by European players, including Levante’s Cheick Doukouré and Valencia’s Geoffrey Kondogbia. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is another high-profile star to have followed suit.
Bakambu has joined the fight against the slavery of colored people in Libya. The African footballer starred in the victory of Villarreal against Astana scoring two goals, leading his team to qualify for the 32nd round in the Europa League final.
Bakambu celebrated the double goals by crossing his arms in solidarity against slavery, after the latest indignation in Africa caused by the auction of immigrants as slaves in Libya.
In addition, the Villarreal player condemned the events by writing "F*** slavery" on his Twitter account.
Fuck slavery. pic.twitter.com/KIVtTxFyRs
— Cédric Bakambu (@Bakambu17) November 23, 2017
In recent weeks, other African footballers have also indicated their support for the cause. Kondogbia dedicated his goal to the slaves of Libya as a symbol of protest.
The player revealed an under-shirt, at the end of the match against RCD Espanyol, in French: "Hors football, je ne suis pas a vendre, " which translates to "Out of football, I'm not for sale ".
3 puntos ! Gracias Dios ?? #larebellionestenmarcheApoyo a las personas explotadas en Libia #Libertad pic.twitter.com/q1ysZJy03v
— Geoffrey Kondogbia (@Geo_Kondogbia) November 19, 2017
Cheik Doukouré celebrated in the same way the decisive goal that granted Levante victory against Las Palmas, stating on Twitter, "All my thoughts for the slaves of Libya. Stop slavery."
"My prayers go to all those who are suffering from slavery in Libya," Paul Pogba said in his wide array of social networks. The Manchester United player also asked to end "this cruelty".
While very happy to be back, my prayers go to those suffering slavery in #Libya. May Allah be by your side and may this cruelty come to an end! pic.twitter.com/i4hxfX3CiB
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) November 18, 2017