The Africa Cup of Nations tournament is a competition, and as such, some Premier League players will be obliged to leave their club teams during their stay in their home countries during the 2022 competition. in Cameroon.
The tournament was originally scheduled for the summer of 2021, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were concerns that it could be canceled altogether due to the increase in cases stemming from the Omicron variant, but determination was ultimately made to continue with the tournament.
AFCON 2021 will run from January 9 to February 6, meaning players could miss up to a month of club football, plus any additional respite needed after they stay and play. The tournament will be held in Cameroon, with six venues across five cities scheduled to host matches.
Here are all the details about the players leaving the Premier League and the matches they might miss.
When will Premier League players arrive at AFCON?
Clubs are under no obligation to launch African Cup of Nations players until January 3, meaning players will be available for Premier League matches later in the year. new on January 1-2, of which 14 of the 20 Premier League clubs have fixtures. . Manchester United and Wolves play on January 3.
The first match of the AFCON tournament took place on 9 January between hosts Cameroon and Burkina Faso, with Ethiopia and Cape Verde also playing on the opening day. Thereafter, the schedule consisted of three to four group stage matches held each day. Round 16 will begin on Sunday, January 23.
Players will return to their clubs after their country is eliminated, so the players will return to play in the Premier League as the month goes on, with players reaching the final having time to play. longest absence.
Which Premier League players will go to AFCON?
A total of 16 of the 20 Premier League clubs will experience a thinner squad over the next month as players depart to compete at AFCON. Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Norwich City are the only four teams that will not be affected.
Of the 38 Premier League players to be launched, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Watford will be hardest hit, all losing four players each. The Foxes seem to be the club to lose the most, already very thin due to injury troubles. Arsenal will see several starting or key players in the starting lineup, while Liverpool will lose a pair of star attacking players.
Here is the full list of players who left Premier League clubs after being called up for the tournament:
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
- Mohamed Elneny (Egypt)
- Thomas Partey (Ghana)
- Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast)
- Miracle Nakamba (Zimbabwe)
- Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso)
- Mahmoud Trezeguet (Egypt)
- Tarique Fosu-Henry (Ghana)
- Julian Jeanvier (Guinea)
- Frank Onyeka (Nigeria)
- Maxwell Cornet (Ivory Coast)
Hakim Ziyech is a regular member of the Moroccan team but he was eliminated from team AFCON due to a dispute with the head coach of the national team.
- Jordan Ayew (Ghana)
- Chiekhou Kouyate (Senegal)
- Jeffrey Schlupp (Ghana)
- Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)
- Jean-Phillippe Gbamin (Ivory Coast)
- Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)
- Daniel Amartey (Ghana)
- Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)
- Nampalys Mendy (Senegal)
- Wilfried Ndidi (Nigeria)
- Naby Keita (Guinea)
- Sadio Mane (Senegal)
- Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
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- Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast)
- Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast)
- Moussa Djenepo (Mali)
- Mohammed Salisu (Ghana)
- Peter Etebo (Nigeria)
- Adam Masina (Morocco)
- Ismaila Sarr (Senegal)
- William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria)
Emmanuel Dennis was called up to the Nigeria team, but will not participate after the national team missed the deadline to notify Watford of his inclusion.
- Willy Boly (Ivory Coast)
- Romain Saiss (Morocco)
Premier League AFCON player calls by country
Ivory Coast will have the most Premier League players in the squad than any other country with seven. Ghana and Nigeria will each have six players participating in the EPL.
- Benrahma (West Ham) says
- Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
Burkina Faso (1):
- Bertrand Traore (Aston Villa)
- Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal)
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
- Mahmoud Trezeguet (Aston Villa)
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
- Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace)
- Daniel Amartey (Leicester City)
- Tarique Fosu-Henry (Brentford)
- Thomas Partey (Arsenal)
- Mohammed Salisu (Southampton)
- Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace)
- Julian Jeanvier (Brentford)
- Naby Keita (Liverpool)
Ivory Coast (7):
- Eric Bailly (Manchester United)
- Willy Boly (Wolf)
- Maxwell Cornet (Burnley)
- Amad Diallo (Manchester United)
- Jean-Phillippe Gbamin (Everton)
- Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal)
- Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
- Yves Bissouma (Brighton)
- Moussa Djenepo (Southampton)
- Adam Masina (Watford)
- Romain Saiss (Werewolf)
- Peter Etebo (Watford)
- Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City)
- Alex Iwobi (Everton)
- Wilfried Ndidi (Leicester City)
- Frank Onyeka (Brentford)
- William Troost-Ekong (Watford)
- Chiekhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace)
- Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
- Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
- Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City)
- Ismaila Sarr (Watford)
- Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa)