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Brucie told: Africa no-go.

Byline: Alan Oliver

SUNDERLAND boss Steve Bruce has been ruled out of Africa - by Sunderland owner Ellis Short.

Short is furious because Sunderland's Premier League campaign next season will be badly affected by the African Nations Cup.

The Black Cats could lose up to SIX players at a crucial stage of the season - with Asamoah Gyan and Stephane Sessegnon, both on the mark in yesterday's 4-2 defeat of Wigan, the biggest-name absentees.

That has put the kibosh on Bruce's plans to make the loan signings of Ghana pair John Mensah and Sulley Muntari and Egyyptian ace Ahmed Elmohomady permanent.

And if Bruce gets his biggest wish and has Danny Welbeck back next season, he will be hoping the striker does not decide to turn his back on England and play for Ghana where both his parents were born.

The African Nations Cup takes place in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea from January 21 to February 12 next year.

Sunderland's catastrophic run of results, ended yesterday by the win over Wigan, began at roughly the same stage of this season and Short is desperate not to be drawn into another relegation struggle.


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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Apr 24, 2011
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