The Cameroon host has confirmed that the AFCON (2021) will switch the playing time from summer to January and February. This is not very happy information for the Premier League teams in particular and many European national championships in general.
AFCON 2021 rescheduled, Liverpool and the English teams distorted
Premier League clubs pursuing the championship title, including Liverpool will face the absence of African players for 6 weeks, after the Cameroon host confirms AFCON 2021 will host back on. January as usual.
Initially, the finals were agreed to be held in June and July, but due to weather conditions did not allow, Cameroon football federation decided to move to the period from January 9 to 2 February 2021.
“After listening to various arguments and views, especially from Colombian meteorology agencies, coaches and players, AFCON organizers have received authorization from the Regulatory Committee to execute the CAF (African Football Federation) to make a decision, “CAF posted on Twitter, after a meeting between representatives of participating countries at the African Football Federation.
Liverpool can lose Salah in 1 month for attending AFCON 2021
As is known, since 1960, the finals have been regularly held in the winter and early spring, but last year changed when the tournament in Egypt was held in the summer. However, after only 1 AFCON period, the tournament was returned to the familiar time.
CAF as well as Cameroon’s host country reschedule will make the teams in the top leagues in Europe worried. Due to this, the Premier League is greatly affected. Meanwhile, the club may not be able to recover affair of African stars for about a month.
In the Premier League, Liverpool is probably the most unhappy team. They will lose Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Sadio Mane (Senegal) on the offensive front. Not to mention, in the lineup of The Reds there is Naby Keita (Guinea).
In addition to Liverpool, Arsenal will also suffer losses with two offensive players. They are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) and Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast). Man City, Man United and many other teams will also suffer some losses from this information.