AFCON 2021

AFCON Should Be Treated With Respect- Patrick Vieira.

Crystal Palace manager, Patrick Vieira has called on critics to treat the Africa cup of nations with respect just like the European championship.

This comes after the European club Association(ECA) wrote to the football world governing,FIFA for a possible postponement of the afcon to take place in Cameroon.

ECA outlined three factors to justify the reason for the afcon: the protection of the interest of the clubs because of impending competitive matches. This is based on the fact that; some of these European club heavily depend on African players. The issue of covid was also another reason linked to the safety of players.

Yes the afcon has always been a threat to European clubs during the pick of the European season, as most quality players leave their clubs for the pan African competition. Players like Moh Salah and Mane of Liverpool; Edward Mendy of Chelsea, Andre Onana of Ajax, Mahrez of man city, Aubameyang of Arsenal and other big names in the continent.

Despite this loss of players by the European clubs during this period, Patrick Vieira has call on critics to respect the afcon.

‘i respect the passion of the Africa cup of nations and will never stop any player going. I believe there should be more respect towards it. May be journalist {in Europe} should go to Africa and cover it and then they will understand what it means to the people of Africa’

The former French international and Arsenal midfielder also added that the competition should be given the same respect as the European championship.

Newly elected Fecafoot president, Samuel Eto’o also shared the same view of the former inter Milan midfielder.

“I don’t see any convincing reason to postpone the afcon. The Euro was played during the pandemic with full stadiums… “They played in many cities in Europe, so why shouldn’t we play in Cameroon? If they think we should postpone the tournament, they need to give us a good reason.

However, the executive committee of CAF decided on Wednesday December 22, to go ahead with the afcon as planned.


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