Head coach Jonathan McKinstry said he decided to drop the former East End Lions defender because he was forced to do so because after he was asked to cut down on the number of players that should travel from Abidjan to Lubumbashi.
“It was a very difficult decision I took at the airport to drop Woobay and I was forced to do it,” Coach McKinstry told the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL).
He said: “It’s a big disappointment because I took all my time to travel this far to represent my country. I don’t really know why this coach is always picking on me.”
He added: “He called me at the airport and told me that I’m not in his game plan. He should have done it long time ago not at the dying minutes.
I took all my time in last two to three days travelling just to make it to DR Congo. I don’t have a choice I just need to accept it. I always want to represent my country.”
“This is not the first time he has done it, he did it in Freetown last year and I had to take a break. I was persuaded by the Sports minister to return to the team.”
However, Coach Mckinstry was quick to say he has “no issue with any player. Woobay was the longest serving Leone Stars player invited for both the Ivory Coast and DR Congo encounters.