Aurelio de Laurentiis, the president of Napoli, desires that African players forego the Cup of Natio
According to Aurelio de Laurentiis, president of the Serie A club, Napoli would only acquire new African or South American players if they consent to forgo matches with their respective national teams.
De Laurentiis stated in a Tuesday night interview, "I'm not going to have them in the African Cup of Nations or the South American championships.
African nationals make up a significant portion of Napoli's roster.
The Cameroonian midfielder Frank Zambo-Anguissa and the Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly who lost to the African Cup of Nations in January and February of last year have now moved on to Chelsea.
Victor Osimhen, a striker from Nigeria, was disqualified after testing positive for Covid.
"Stop discussing Africans with me now, "Wall Street Italia, a business website, quoted de Laurentiis.
I wish them success, but they must sign a waiver to compete in the African Cup..."
"These guys are never accessible between that competition and the World Cup qualifications in South America."
The idiots who pay their salary and send them out to play for other teams are us.
The African Cup of Nations is held every two years, often in January and February. The dates for the next tournament, which will be held in Ghana, are tentatively set for June and July, during the off-season in Europe.
While World Cup qualification is held during the European season, the Copa America is also played every two years, with the finals taking place in June and July.
While the 10-team Copa lacks a qualifying round, the African Cup of Nations does, giving participants more opportunities to play.
Clubs must permit their foreign players to join their national teams during recognized international breaks.