Atlético forward Ibrahima Baldé, currently on loan at Segunda División side Numancia, was robbed in Senegal over the Christmas break while on his way to the airport, according to Spanish media reports.
On the 26th of December, the former Atleti youth squad member took a taxi in order to catch his flight back to Spain. At some point during the supposed trip to the Dakar airport, the taxi driver stopped the car and pretended that it had mechanical problems.
The 20-year-old striker, in crutches given that he recently broke his foot, stepped out as instructed by the driver, but before he knew it, the driver had taken off with all of his personal effects including his suitcase, mobile phone and passport.
Ibra can’t travel until he gets a new passport, but Numancia sports director César Palacios told AS that it shouldn’t be too long before he is back with los Numantinos.
“We are waiting to find out when he can take a flight back and we trust that he will be here shortly so that we can speak with him, calm him down, and support him as he continues his recovery from his injured right foot,” Palacios said.
“During these days, our safety concerns were for the kid, as a person not a football player. We were worried about the scare, his concerns about getting here on time, and we have wanted to convey our confidence to him.”