African Nations Cup Becoming Big Problem


Having the African Nations Cup bang in the middle of the Premier League season is becoming a huge problem, now that the Premier league has so many African players in its ranks. However, any simple solution seems a long way off.

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Sam Allardyce – suggests two week break in January

Chelsea manager Avram Grant, who could be without Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel, Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba – has called for future tournaments to be played in June or July, although that would be difficult in the tremendous heat of an African summer.

Sam Allardyce has suggested another potential solution:

“I can’t see a resolution,” “It would be alright if we were relieved by the Premier League having a two-week break in January, because we’ve got Africans in the tournament every two years.”

“Two, we’ve got the transfer window (which opens on January 1 and closes on 31st) and, three, we’ve got to play eight games in that period. You can’t tell me that’s good for a player.”

“Play the third round of the FA Cup and then give everyone a break, then those (African) players would only miss two games, we could get on with transfer stuff, players could recharge their batteries and you’d get a much more productive Premier League. We’re only one of the few countries who do it”

“In the early days (at Bolton) people just said I was just moaning about it again and said, ‘Well, don’t buy them’,”. “But they were the cheapest with quality. Now the Premier League have brought in a huge amount of African players, so the conflict lies with FIFA as the governing body who will always promote international tournaments.”

“That’s where their bread and butter really lies.”

This seems a reasonable suggestion by Sam, but it would still add even more congestion to the league games, with all the European games that now have to be played. But a mid-season break is long overdue in England, and we think that would be a good thing. And as Sam says, it would allow the clubs to get on with their transfer business too.

What do you think?

Let us know – comments always welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • Craig Allen

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Just read a quote from Sam on the official site. It’s one for the books, Ed.

    “There was some poor finishing, some great finishing that hit the bar and some good goalkeeping.”

    lol – first time I hear of great finishing that hit the bar.

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  • evil dick

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    i would hate to miss out on the holiday season games though!

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  • Leo

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #3

    haha aye

    do you think this article is hinting that he is going to have to look to the cheap african players again…. read it again.

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  • George

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Simple solution to this problem, stop buying the african players.

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  • scott 9

    Dec 11, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #5

    god help us beye and faye are off to arfrican cup of nations were bot going to be given money to spend on first team players carr at right a disaster waiting to happen we can just abouit cope without faye were really going to struggle i was really looking forward to january to see who wee would get in i remember a couple of months ago when mort said were already looking at palyers to bring in in january (first team0 what a load oif bull shit

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  • toonoholic

    Dec 11, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #6

    “Sam Allardyce has organised the match to take a close look at two trialists and it also gives him the chance to give Damien Duff more match time.”

    Interesting .. I wonder who is the second trialist

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  • Graam

    Dec 11, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Scott9 – whats the point in paying a few million quid for a player and giving him a 3-4 year contract to cover 4 weeks worth of football? Our spending will be done in the summer (depending on where we end up in the league)

    Our options at then min are…

    RB Carr, Taylor, Cacapa
    CB Taylor Roz, Cacapa
    LB Enrique, Nzogbia

    Duff should be fit in a couple of weeks should zog be needed at LB allowing Emre, Barton and Duff to cover CM and hopefully alowing Milner to stay on the right. Thats 6 defenders for 4 positions. Short term we’ll be doing with this me thinks

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  • Bill F

    Dec 11, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Spot on George I always have a little chuckle when i read or hear how a shot was unlucky cos it hit the frame or just missed. It’s a miss plain and simple.

    There is the collateral effect of the African games in the form of injuries to consider, I would be amazed if they all came back intact.

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  • ToonKing

    Dec 11, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #9

    toonoholic, the second trialist is Tamas Kadar a Hungarian 17 year old defender from Zalaegerszeg.

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  • far east

    Dec 11, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #10

    ed, the southern hemisphere is having their summer NOW. in other words, the african cup will take place during summer.

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  • Bill F

    Dec 11, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Sorry I should have said spot on Craig.

    Sorry again to George I have no problem with the African players, I think they enhance the various leagues. And they are entitled to their own championship, the league teams should work around it and plan ahead.

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  • Len

    Dec 13, 2007 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Sam, the EPL needs to play twice a week every week to generate funds, including Toon, end of story. There has been a lot of implied criticism of African Cup and 3 weeks preparation. I find this arrogant and lacks respect for the Africans. They are perfectly entitled to have a championship, its a quality event, they run it at the end of their season, and they are entitled to prepare for it. This idea that the African Cup of Nations is some side show and they should run it to suit the EPL is unbelievably arrogant.

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