AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Safri Waits For Forest Chance
Safri’s debut for Coventry against Nottingham Forest at
Highfield Road tonight depends largely on the goodwill of a member
of the Football Association’s staff.
Coventry are hoping that the Moroccan
FA has finally dispatched international clearance for Safri to start
his career in English football.
Coventry’s manager Gordon Strachan,
who had hoped to use the midfielder in Friday’s match at Bradford,
“We are hoping that someone from
the FA will break into their Bank Holiday Monday and go into the
office to see if the clearance has arrived.
“I am thinking seriously about
playing Youssef against Nottingham Forest because he has been
impressive in training, but our hands are tied at present.”
Coventry are victims of a squabble
between Safri’s last club Reja Casablanca and the Moroccan FA
which claims it is owed 50,000 dollars. It will not release
international clearance until Reja pays up.
Strachan is considering changes from
the side that lost at Bradford.
“It was an improved performance,
but not where I want it to be. I don’t think anyone could argue
against making changes in a side which has lost the last two
Mo Konjic, the Bosnian centreback, is
in the frame after missing those matches with a strained hamstring,
but striker Julian Joachim, skipper John Eustace and centreback Gary
Breen are still not over their longer term injuries.
Goalkeeper Magnus Hedman, who is
wanted by Premier League leaders Everton, has a ‘slight strain’
so loan-keeper Andy Goram is on standby to make his debut.
Coventry are desperate to avoid their
third defeat in a row which would deal a hammer blow to their hopes
of a good start to the First Division campaign.
They began in high-style with victory
at Stockport County, but then lost their first home match to
Wolverhampton Wanderers and again at Bradford on Friday.
They will have some time to regroup
after tonight’s match. Next weekend’s fixture at Rotherham
United has been postponed because of international call-ups, so the
next match will be at home against Grimsby town on 8 September.
Meanwhile some of the injured could
get a run out in Wednesday’s reserve match against Leicester City
at Highfield Road.