The move by African football governing body CAF to reverse the hosting period of the African cup of Nations from Summer to Winter period (Europe)will have major implications especially for English Premier League clubs with Liverpool likely to be particularly badly affected with Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Naby Keita (Guinea) all potentially unavailable to play for the club during that period.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has expressed his dismay at the potential absence of his stars for about a month in 2021 January during the AFCON.
While Leicester City will lose the services of Nigeria’s Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, Everton will also feel the absence of midfielder Alex Nwobi.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) and Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast) are also likely to feature in addition to Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez as well as a number of other Premier League club first-team players.
The Premier League’s African contingent courtesy of Sky Sports
Arsenal Aubameyang (Gabon), Pepe (Ivory Coast), Elneny (Egypt – out on loan at Besiktas)
Aston Villa Nakamba (Zimbabwe), Trezeguet (Egypt), Kodjia (Ivory Coast), Elmohamady (Egypt)
Brighton Balogun (Nigeria), Bissouma (Mali), Bong (Cameroon), Tau (South Africa – out onloan at Club Brugge)
Crystal Palace Schlupp (Ghana), Kouyate (Senegal), Ayew (Ghana), Zaha (Ivory Coast)
Everton Iwobi (Nigeria), Gbamin (Ivory Coast), Niasse (Senegal), Bolasie (DR Congo – out
on loan at Sporting Lisbon)
Leicester Iheanacho (Nigeria), Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria), Amartey (Ghana), Slimani (Algeria –out on loan at Monaco), Ghezzal (Algeria – out on loan at Fiorentina)
Liverpool Keita (Guinea), Salah (Egypt), Mane (Senegal)
Man City Mahrez (Algeria)
Man United Bailly (Ivory Coast)
Newcastle Atsu (Ghana), Saivet (Senegal)
Southampton Djenepo (Mali), Boufal (Morocco), Lemina (Gabon – out on loan at Galatasaray)
Tottenham Wanyama (Kenya), Aurier (Ivory Coast)
Watford Success (Nigeria)
West Ham Masuaku (DR Congo)
Wolves Saiss (Morocco)