Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

AFCON 2021 to be hosted in January in Cameroon instead of

AFCON 2021 to be hosted in January in Cameroon instead of

The move will have major implications for Premier League clubs with Liverpool likely to be particularly badly affected with Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Naby Keita (Guinea) all potentially unavailable to play for the club during that period.

The 24-nation competition was originally planned to begin in June, but the Cameroonian soccer federation said Wednesday it will be held from January 9-Feb.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) and Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast) are also likely to feature in addition to Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez as well as a number of other Premier League club first-team players. But these decisions are made without asking the players, without asking the managers, without asking anyone.

After staging a successful tournament during the period of June - July at Egypt 2019, the tournament will now be moved to the traditional January period.

Like Palace, Aston Villa could also see four players depart for the tournament: Marvelous Nakamba, Trezeguet, Jonathan Kodija and Ahmed Elmohamady.

"It is FIFA who should sort all of that as head of all the different associations".

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Riyad Mahrez, one of Manchester City's best players so far this season, could also fly out for the tournament to play for Algeria, with whom he won the competition past year.

"But I don't think it is just one problem for this country: European Championships, world championships, it's like no-one can live without that, it's a natural right to have this but we forget these tournaments are played by players, they don't have a break". They are still happy having their 2021 Club World Cup and offering a lot of money for all the clubs involved.

For us, a catastrophe in that moment, losing three players.

However, the competition, won by Algeria, was played in the searing heat of the north African summer.

On top of that, we have absolutely no power.

The Cup of Nations has traditionally been held in the winter months because of the more suitable climate conditions, but the original timetable clashed with the European domestic campaign. The company who pays the player, can not decide.

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