The Cameroon host has confirmed that the AFCON AFC (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.
Premier League clubs pursuing the championship title, including Liverpool will face the absence of African players for 6 weeks, after Cameroon host confirmed AFCON 2021 will host again on January as usual.
Initially, the final round was agreed to be held in June and July, but due to weather conditions did not allow, Cameroon football federation decided to switch 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 because of 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 and Cameroon’s host country change the schedule will make the teams in the top European leagues distorted, in which the Premier League is greatly affected, when 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 as 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, 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.