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Why Newcastle have most to gain if African Cup of Nations cancelled

7 years ago

The fiasco surrounding the planned African Cup of Nations continues, with Newcastle United having most to gain if the tournament is cancelled or postponed.

CAF (Confederation of African Football) have allowed things to reach a ridiculous late stage until eventually taking the finals away from scheduled hosts Morocco.

Morocco had asked for a postponement because of the possibility of the Emolba virus spreading via visiting fans at the tournament.

By not forcing the issue earlier, CAF have left only two months before the finals are due to begin on January 17th and they admit that already a number of countries have turned them down after being asked to be potential emergency hosts.

So which teams would have most to gain by not losing players for up to five or six weeks in the middle of the Premier League season?

These are the clubs who would potentially lose multiple players;

4 Newcastle United

3 West Ham

3 Chelsea

3 West brom

2 Crystal Palace

2 Southampton

2 Tottenham

2 Leicester

2 Stoke

Newcastle have Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse and now Algerian call-up Mehdi Abeid to worry about. Plus Sammy Ameobi’s involvement back in Newcastle’s team has led to calls in Nigeria for him to be brought into the squad if they qualify.

West Ham would argue that their loss/gain would be greater as Sakho, Song and Kouyate have all been influential this season, whereas none of Newcastle’s four have been a constant presence in the Newcastle team.

Once again though, when signing African players you have to factor in the loss of potentially your best players at a key part of every other season, with the African Cup of Nations held every two years now on odd numbered years to avoid clashing with the World Cup.


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