Italian giants Napoli are ready to take African countries that will summon players ahead of Afcon 2021 to be held in Cameroon next month.
This is according to the club’s legal team led by Mattia Grassani, saying Napoli will take legal action to withhold its players ahead of afcon, at a time when there is an increase in the rise of covid cases in the globe and with Cameroon where only 5% of the population has been vaccinated.
This comes at a time when the CAF executive committee decided on Wednesday that the afcon will go on as planned.
Napoli has at least five key African players who could leave the club during this period: Adam Ounas, Kalidou Koulibaly, Faouzi Ghoulam, Andre Zambo and Victorino.
Cameroon international Andre Zambo who is amongst the potential players of the tournament and a key player for Antonio Conceicao.
Ever since the 25 year old joint the Italian giants on loan from English championship side Fulham, he has become one of the key pillars in the club’s midfield.
Should he leave the club during this period, it might jeopardize the club’s aspirations. Reasons why Grassini claims that the club has put a lot of money into the players and they will not sit back and watch their players exposed to covid-19.
‘Considering the epidemiological situation, there could be legal action, because this tournament (afcon) takes away valuable resources from the club”,Napoli lawyer, Grassani told CalcioNapoli24
“The first step would be legal action to prevent the call-up, then if there were concrete elements to sue because the health standards are not the same as European competitions, then there could be more appeals to gain an exemption Europe-base players.