Some African players will miss weeks of action for their clubs in the Premier League to join their national teams for 2024 AFCON.
While the final list of called-up players for the tournamnent is yet to be released, some high-profile players will certainly not miss out from the list.
The absence of these players could have a significant impact on their clubs’ performances in the Premier League. For example, the loss of Mohamed Salah for Liverpool could be a major blow, as he is one of their most important players.
Clubs will need to plan ahead and make contingency plans in case their players are called up for AFCON. They may need to sign temporary replacements or ask other players to take on more responsibility.
Here are the list of players more likely to miss the tournamnent;
Arsenal: Mohamed Elneny (Egypt), Thomas Partey (Ghana)
Aston Villa: Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso), Hamed Traore (Mali) & Dango Ouatarra (Ivory Coast)
Brentford: Frank Onyeka (Nigeria)
Burnley: Anass Zaroury (Morocco) & Lyle Foster (South Africa)
Crystal Palace: Cheick Doucoure (Mali)
Everton: Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) & Abdoulaye Doucoure (Mali)
Fulham: Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)
Liverpool: Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Manchester United: Ahmad Diallo (Ivory Coast), Andre Onana (Cameroon), Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia), Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco)
Nottingham Forest: Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast), Ibrahim Sangare (Ivory Coast), Willy Boly (Burkina Faso), Moussa Niakhate (Morocco), Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal), Taiwo Awoniyi (Nigeria),
The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be held in Ivory Coast tournamentfrom January 23 to February 28, 2024. The tournament will be played in a single-elimination format, with the final being held in Abidjan.