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CAF issue an Africa Cup of Nations update that affects Mohamed Salah and more

CAF issue an Africa Cup of Nations update that affects Mohamed Salah and more CAF issue an Africa Cup of Nations update that affects Mohamed Salah and more

CAF issue an Africa Cup of Nations update that affects Mohamed Salah and more

Premier League stars set to depart for AFCON

As it stands, a whole host of Premier League and European League players are set to leave their clubs on December 26th to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations, which runs through January.

In doing so, they will miss up to a month of Premier League action, including key fixtures for their sides.

Most hurt by this is sure to be Liverpool, who would be third in the top flight on Mohamed Salah’s goal contributions alone, such is his contribution to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The tournament, backed by Sky Sports, is set to take place in Cameroon, and both Liverpool and Arsenal will lose several players, while Chelsea will be without shot-stopper Edouard Mendy and Hakim Ziyech.

Now, amid rising speculation, CAF have issued a statement.

Or are they?

Amid rising Omicron cases, there were fears that the whole tournament could be scrapped over safety concerns. This, while frustrating for players, would have come as a massive boost to Premier League sides, not least Liverpool.

However, the African football federation CAF have since released a statement, in which they claim:

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“AFCON will proceed in Cameroon as planned and that any talk of cancellation “is not even a subject of debate as far as we are concerned.””

Is this a final stance, or will it change as cases continue to soar across Europe?

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Josh Barker.

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