After announcing the signing of Samuel Nlend, 21, four days ago, Ittihad of Alexandria have terminated his contract after his blood test results came out positive for HIV.
Photos of the test results were released and an announcement was made by Ittihad’s media spokesperson. Nlend now finds himself in a messy situation following the club’s decision to go public with the news as this might affect all future moves in terms of getting a work permit.
In contrast, Egyptian laws require a negative HIV test result before work permits are granted to expats. Regardless, the club’s decision to publicly disclose Nlend’s status has drawn criticism.
Nlend is regarded as one of Cameroon’s brightest soccer prospects. He finished the last Cameroonian soccer league season as the top scorer with his former club, Union Douala. He played and scored for the Cameroonian senior team at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda earlier this year.