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 D.
Manchester City are obviously the side most affected by The Elephants involvement in South Africa. Both Kolo and Yaya Toure are reportedly keen to represent their nations in 2013. West Ham may have to do without right-back Guy Demel while Wigan Athletic may temporarily lose Arouna Kone. Charlton Athletic may have to do without Abdul Razak for a brief period while Arsenal forward Gervinho is also a sure bet to be in the squad. Newcastle United can take mixed emotions as Cheick Tiote is likely to be absent Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba will remain after Ivory Coast qualified at the expense of the eventually disqualified Senegal.
Despite being one of the more successful teams in Africa Tunisia’s presence at the competition will not have overbearing significance on the Premier League. They qualified at the expense of Sierra Leone; news that will be received well at Portsmouth who will not have to say bye to Mustapha Dumbuya.
The vice-captain of the Algerian national team for the past 12 months has been Nottingham Forest midfielder Adiene Guedioura and the 27-year-old is the only absentee expected to be playing for The Fennec Foxes in South Africa.
Wolves are likely to be without Abdoul-Razak Boukari for the competition while the only other case in point is Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese talisman returned from international exile previously but at the start of the month he confirmed he would not participate at the Afcon after becoming unhappy at the way the players were not being paid their bonuses.
Who do you think loses out most from the 2013 African Cup of Nations?
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