Next year the African Nations Cup is once again in full flow as Zambia look to defend their title in South Africa. As always the competition will have an effect on global football as many stars players from the bigger leagues consider joining up with their countries in a bid to become kings of their home continent.
The Confederation of African Football has set the deadline for the submission of squads for January 9th; with the full list of 23-players being named by midnight. Any late submissions will see a substantial fine and the loss of a player from the list.
Some teams have announced their preliminary squads or training camp teams early but this of course doesn’t cater for the English League system whose continued lack of a winter break means most of the English based players will not be available until shortly before the competition starts on the 19th January.
But which Premier League and football league teams are going to win and lose from the Africa Cup of Nations?
Here is a country-by-country guide for Group C.
Chipolopolo conquered Africa in the last edition and will look to recreate that monumental moment in 2013. Southampton signed Emmanuel Mayuka off the back of his impressive performances for Zambia in the 2012 Afcon but he is not yet a regular on the South Coast. The same applies to recent Arsenal recruit Stophira Sunzu who is also very likely to travel.
The Chelsea duo of John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will be the biggest absentees from the Premier League from a Super Eagles perspective but they are certainly not the only ones. Fellow Blue Kenneth Omeruo who is currently on loan at Dutch club ADO Den Haag is also under consideration while Shola Ameobi finally made his international debut earlier this year at the age of 31 and the Newcastle United striker will hope he did enough to impress. Everton forward Victor Anichebe would not have given up hope and Peter Odemwingie of West Brom is also in contention. The likes of Dickson Etuhu and Sone Aluko of Blackburn Rovers and Hull City respectively could also be on their way.
It may surprise you but there is in fact a Premier League operator who has represented The Stallions previously and 17-year-old Chelsea prospect Bertrand Traore is an exceptional talent. He has scored eight goals this season but only in friendly matches as contractually he is not allowed to play in official matches; this is despite rumours he has never officially been a Chelsea FC player.
Most of Ethiopia’s players play in their homeland with some plying their trade in Egypt or Vietnam.
Who do you think loses out most from the 2013 African Cup of Nations?
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