Things may go wrong for some of the top clubs this season
The Africa Cup of Nations will be played from 9th January to 6th February 2022. And things may go wrong for some of the big clubs this season. Let’s take an example of AC Milan and Liverpool along with Napoli.
AC Milan, Liverpool and Napoli are the three of the four clubs in Europe’s top 5 leagues to remain unbeaten in their respective league so far.
But things don’t look good for them in early 2022.
The African players playing in the Europe could leave to their respective countries for training as early as the last weeks of December 2021.
Liverpool will be without Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, etc. ; Napoli will be without Koulibaly, Victor, Osimhen, etc. ; AC Milan will be without Franck Kessie, Ismael Bennacer, etc., for around a month.
Big Clubs Without African Players
- Thomas Partey (Ghana)
- Mohamed Elneny (Egypt)
- Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
- Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast)
- Mahmoud Trezeguet (Egypt)
- Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso)
- Marvelous Nakamba (Zimbabwe)
- Edouard Mendy (Senegal)
- Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)
- Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Ivory Coast)
- Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)
- Daniel Amartey (Ghana)
- Nampalys Mendy (Senegal)
- Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria)
- Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)
- Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast)
- Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast)
Manchester City will be without Riyad Mahrez while West Ham will play without Said Benrahma, for around a month as said before.
Do you think the AFCON 2022 could affect the chances of clubs like Liverpool, AC Milan/Napoli winning their respective league?