Putting boots to his boss

KEITH BRADFORD -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:06 AM ET

It's like Fergie and Becks in reverse.

With a touch of Tarantino thrown in for good measure.

But unlike the infamous incident in which Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson accidentally (so the story goes) hurled a soccer cleat at David Beckham's head during a dressingroom dressing down, this was all captured on TV.

No autobiographies necessary.

Apparently, Makhete Ndiaye was so upset about being substituted in an Arab champions league game "just 15 minutes after coming on as a substitute" that he literally put the boots to his boss.

TV footage showed the Senegalese striker repeatedly hitting French coach Jacky Bonnevay with his cleats. Poor Bonnevay could do little else but cower as the cleats met their target.

Ndiaye's Moroccan team, Wydad Casablanca (no, I'm not making this up), suspended him for the rest of the season.

And he's expected to be fired.

Bonnevay, though, has already forgiven the hotheaded frontman.

Apparently the Senegalese striker had been having problems settling in since signing in January from another team with a name straight out of Hollywood - "Jeanne d'Arc of Dakar."

BUCKING THE TREND: Another player who might have some trouble adjusting to life on his new team is 21-year-old midfielder Kimitoshi Nogawa.

While Africa continues to lose much of its best young talent overseas, Nogawa is bucking the trend.

Not only has he been signed by an African club, in this case Cameroon's Canon Yaounde, but apparently it wasn't all about marketing. Just globalization, baby.

"(He is) not coming here for money, because no club in Cameroon can pay a player from Japan, one of the richest countries in the world," Canon GM Theophile Abega told the BBC.

"This is our own contribution to the globalization of football, as these players are coming to discover Cameroon after admiring players like Patrick Mboma, who played in Japan."

NOT ANOTHER GADHAFI: You just knew it would happen.

Just weeks after Al Saadi Gadhafi resigned from the Libyan Football Federation, another member of the clan stepped up to the plate to save the nation and/or soccer as a whole.

Mohamed Gadhafi, another of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's seven sons, will head up a new interim committee to manage soccer in Libya.

One of his first jobs will be to appoint a new coach for the national team.

What are the odds he'll start his mammoth search by looking under "G" in the Libyan phone book?

GETTING BEYOND RIDICULOUS: Just when you thought player salaries were getting beyond ridiculous ... Premiership team Everton hands a 16-year-old who scored on his debut last week a huge pay rise.

But before everyone had a chance to start complaining about the kind of percentage increase you just don't get cleaning toilets in McDonald's, some refreshing news bubbled up to the surface.

According to the Guardian newspaper, young James Vaughan's pay rise amounted to just 10 English pounds (around $20 Cdn).

His new weekly wage: around $200 Cdn.

Beats polishing Yellow Arch urinals, but shouldn't give Gary Bettman and his contemporaries too many sleepless nights.


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