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European clubs will stop signing African players becuase of Nations Cup - Wigan boss

Posted On Sunday, 2nd December 2012

 

Kwadwo Asamoah one of the sure bets to play at 2013 AFCON

By Ameenu Shardow

Wigan Manager Roberto Martinez says the Africa Cup of Nations is a big dissentive to Premier League clubs in signing African players.

The whole saga of the timing of Africa’s flagship competition is being resurrected as the next edition to be hosted early next year in South Africa draws closer.

European clubs are full of complaints whenever the competition comes around due to the fact they have to part ways with their African stars of which some are key to their progress for up to a month at a critical time of the season.

These complaints are even more deafening when players pick up injuries at the tournament and would have to stay away even further.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini revealed last week he was looking forward to speaking to his Ivorian counterpart on the prospects of dropping Kolo and Yaya Toure for the next AFCON.

His sentiments are shared amongst several European clubs managers who now have to fork out extra cash to find suitable replacements for their Nations Cup bound players in the January transfer window.

Juventus for instance are in a desperate search for a replacement for key midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah.

The Ghanaian who has hit the ground running since arriving at the Italian champions at the begining of the season is a certainty to join the Black Stars for the tournament that kicks off on January 19 in South Africa.

His absence will create a huge void in the Bianconeri set up as they put up a staunch defence to their Serie-A title.

The situation as being echoed by Martinez who will be without Arouna Kone, will force managers to ‘unfairly’ rethink decisions to sign African players.

“If you are going to sign a player in January and then you are going to lose him for four weeks, I’m sure you will look  elsewhere,” said Martinez.

“It brings a disadvantage to players that  represent their countries in that tournament, which is unfair.

“I guarantee that  managers will always think that if you’re going to lose a player then it is an  extra consideration and it goes against African players getting to the Premier  League. That’s a real shame.

“If you’re going to lose a player every  January for four or five weeks, some clubs cannot cope -they rely on these  players.”

Martinez thinks world governing body FIFA and  the Confederation of African Football (CAF) should make their tournament every  four years like the European Championships.

“The authorities need to take a look, it is  not fair on the clubs,” he added.

The Africa Cup of Nations used to be played  every even year but from next year it will be every odd year to avoid clashing  with future World Cup finals.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Yenkasa says:

    I agree with Matinez.I dont see why the competion cannot played in June.The idea of playing january was it rains so much in june/july.This was not help much during the Africa cup Nations in Equitorial Guinea and Gabon where almost all the matches was rain off.Its time CAF shift the competition back to June/july to save the competition and African players.These stars in Europe do come but they put in much effort and can render the competition unattractive.

  2. phillbanger says:

    So we surpose to change our tounament cos of their leaque.well they should fuck off.they need africans no matter what.african makes big differend in their leaques.they cant cope without us.we have bunch of talents in africa.so pls tell this coach to fuck off.

  3. Kobi says:

    Martinez is talking out of his backside and shows that he doesn’t realist that the AFCON tournaments for 2012 and 13 have been done back to back to align CAF with the FIFA World Cup, so that AFCON isn’t played during a World cup year. He doesn’t seem to realise that AFCON occurs every two years and this has been going on FOR YEARS.

    So is it only now he has made a fuss because he thinks it’s an issue for HIM. Look, players will come and go but given the cheap cost of African players compared to the quality they can provide clubs will continue to buy the top African players and for those who don’t then so be it… but if you get players like Drogba, Appiah, Essien, Okocha, Tony Yeboah, Kuffour, Eto, Yaya Toure, Atsu, I don’t think clubs are going to say “oh, no thanks”.

    Martinez needs to get a grip.

  4. Nana Owusu says:

    Well, then they have to Adjust their league table bcos they need African players. No yes sir, yes master Again. They always wont to decide for Africans why?? They should fuck off. We will still play it in January.

  5. Kwame Adu-Gyamfi says:

    Martinez is the same guy that said Ghana would not score in open play against Uruguay, and we did. He is also the same guy that benched Kingson while at that club despite hime being praised in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. Maybe I’m wrong, but I sense he has a bias against African players. I agree with Kobi, there is no way a big team in Europe is going to say, “Oh, Drogba even though you are one of the best, I won’t sign you because you’ll be gone for a month every two years.”

  6. tank God we are nt zambians says:

    ignore dis greedy coaches dey buy african players vry cheap n dey use dem alot.look at how micheal essien was used at chelsea n was even nick named da “bull” bt john terry is always paid higher dan him.we decide wen to play da afcon dnt coome n control us plss cos even if african players play dier best dey still get abused racially n dis coaches dnt say shit

  7. kuukuphilly says:

    fuck off.u think somebody will not welcome their services if u refuse to sign them.why the whole world have to be about the white skin.

  8. andrew from nigeria says:

    that will be the best. Our national team stars will play club football in africa. We’ll follow our leagues and their values will increase.

  9. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    European clubs are full of complaints whenever the competition comes around due to the fact they have to part ways with their African stars of which some are key to their progress for up to a month at a critical time of the season.

    MARTINEZIS RIGHT. THE SOUTH AMERICANS AHVE ADJUSTED THEIR COPA TO BEGIN BEFORE THE START/DURING TRAINING CAMP IN EUROPE. WHY CANT ISSA HAYATOU ALLOW THE AFCON TO BE HELD IN JUNE?
    OUR DECISION TO PLAY THE AFCIN TOURNAMNT IN JANUARY IS HURTING SEVERAL EUROPEAN CLUB, NOT JUST PREMEIR LEAGUE. CAF MUST DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. THE EUROPEAN LEAGUES ARE THE BEST PAID IN THE WORLD AND THERE IS A EASON WHY EVERY PLAYER ON THIS PLANET WANTS TO PLAY IN EUROPE. THIS IS FOOLISHNES ON CAF’S PART. MANY AFRICAN STARS ARE HAVING TO FIND EXCUSES NOT TO PLAY IN THE AFCON TOURNAMNT OR DONT GIVE IT THEIR ALL. IS THIS BEST FOR THE TOURNAMNT? IN TERMS OF VIEWERSHIP, MARKETING, SPONSORSHIP, TV COVERAGE ETC…NO! ISSA HAYATOU WAT A DUMB FOOL…..

  10. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    LOOK AT CLUBS LIKE REAL MADRID, MAN UNITED, BARCELONA, BAYERN MUNICH….U WILL HARDLY SEE ANY OR MANY AFRICAN PLAYERS THERE. MAYBE 1 BI. U KNOW WHY? BCOS OF THAT FOOL ISSA HAYATOU. CAN U IMAGINE LETTING GO OF AN ETO, GOERGE WEAH, ESSIEN, ABEDI PELE, DROGBA 1 MONTH FOR AFCON? HW3…..NO WONDER FERGUSON HAS GIVEN UP ON AFRICO PLAYERS ALTOGETHER. HW3….WALAHI. LOOK AT HOW PROLIFIC THESE PLAYERS ARE, AND U ARE TELLING ME TO ALLOW THEM TO GO N PLAY IN AFRICA BUGA BUGA AFCON. WHERE THEY COULD GET INJURED?…WHO IS PAYING THEM THE JUMBO SALARIES? COUNTRY OR CLUB?…….AHH, SAAA…
    EVEN IF I WERE A COACH, I WILL NEVER ENTERTAIN ANY AFRICAN PLAYERS. MAYBE 1 PLAYERS BI, TOPS!
    I MEAN CAN U IMAGINE IF ETO WAS PLAYING AFCON FOR 1 MONTH? MUAHAHAHA, WHEN HE RETURNS, HIS RUSSIAN CLUB WILL BE IN LAST PLACE. ETO IS AS IMPORTANT TO HIS CLUB AS RONALDO OR MESSI ARE TO REAL MADRID OR BARCELONA…DEY THERE…

  11. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    LOOK AT CLUBS LIKE REAL MADRID, MAN UNITED, BARCELONA, BAYERN MUNICH….U WILL HARDLY SEE ANY OR MANY AFRICAN PLAYERS THERE. MAYBE 1 BI. U KNOW WHY? BCOS OF THAT FOOL ISSA HAYATOU. CAN U IMAGINE LETTING GO OF AN ETO, GOERGE WEAH, ESSIEN, ABEDI PELE, DROGBA 1 MONTH FOR AFCON? HW3…..NO WONDER FERGUSON HAS GIVEN UP ON AFRICO PLAYERS ALTOGETHER. HW3….WALAHI. LOOK AT HOW PROLIFIC THESE PLAYERS ARE, AND U ARE TELLING ME TO ALLOW THEM TO GO N PLAY IN AFRICA BUGA BUGA AFCON. WHERE THEY COULD GET INJURED?…WHO IS PAYING THEM THE JUMBO SALARIES? COUNTRY OR CLUB?…….AHH, SAAA…
    EVEN IF I WERE A COACH, I WILL NEVER ENTERTAIN ANY AFRICAN PLAYERS. MAYBE 1 PLAYERS BI, TOPS!
    I MEAN CAN U IMAGINE IF ETO WAS PLAYING AFCON FOR 1 MONTH? MUAHAHAHA, WHEN HE RETURNS, HIS RUSSIAN CLUB WILL BE IN LAST PLACE. ETO IS AS IMPORTANT TO HIS CLUB AS RONALDO OR MESSI ARE TO REAL MADRID OR BARCELONA…DEY THERE…BCOS THE SOUTH AMERICANS HAVE CHANGED THEIR COPA SCHEDULE, U ARE NOW SEEING MORE SOUTH AMERICAN PLAYERS IN MAN UNITED, REAL MADRID, BAYERN MUNICH, BARCELONA…U SEE…





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