Girondins-Bordeaux of France winger, Samuel Kalu is picking positives from the recent yellow-vest street protests across the European nation, as footballlive.ng reports he noted how the unrest kept football matches on hold and saved him from missing any game due to injury.
Kalu said he gained most from the stalled fixtures and then declared himself available for the midweek French Ligue Cup clash with Dijon, as he had overcome injury that ruled him out for almost two weeks.
Heading into the away fixture, the former KAA Gent of Belgium star said he was happy that he did not miss a single match, as all football action in France had been on hold due to the recent street riots.
Officials initially announced the postponement of two Ligue 1 matches at the request of regional authorities due to the “gilets jaunes” protests sweeping across the western Europe country.
Kalu’s team was then affected, as the total number of suspended duels then reached six, being: Amiens-Angers, Guingamp-Stade Rennes and Olympique Marseille-Bordeaux, as well as Caen-Toulouse, FC Nantes-Montpellier and OGC Nice-Saint Etienne.
The LFP announced that the Caen-Toulouse match has been re-scheduled for December 18, while new dates for the other five encounters would be set later, after the postponement request was presented by security forces, who were deployed in other missions away from match venues.
The demonstrators – known as the yellow vests due to the emblematic high-visibility vests for motorists that the protesters wear – made some social demands after initial strikes were sparked by a surge in fuel prices related to a government tax on diesel.
Last week, six Ligue 1 matches were postponed due to the protests and are now to be played on January 15 and 16, 2019.