president of Naples club “does not want any more African gamers” – Jeune Afrique
What the president of Naples mentioned, I’m prepared to wager that others additionally suppose it, however they do not dare to substantiate it brazenly,” recommended a participant’s agent, who wished to stay nameless. He was reacting to controversial remarks made by Aurelio De Laurentiis, president since 2004 of Napoli – one of Italy’s high golf equipment – in an interview with the financial web site Wall Street Italy.
“Don’t discuss to me about Africans anymore. I want them properly, however I by no means have them out there. I cannot take any more till CAN [Coupe d’Afrique des nations] shall be organized mid-season until they signal a waiver. Otherwise we’ll find yourself like idiots paying them to go play elsewhere,” Laurentis lamented.
During the final CAN organized in Cameroon in January and February, Naples needed to do with out the Senegalese Kalidou Koulibaly and from Cameroonian Frank Zambo-Angisa. Recently moved to Chelsea (England), Coulibaly responded remotely to his former employer.
“Nobody ever made me give up CAN. And nobody can forbid me to play for the nationwide crew. Defending the colours of your nationwide crew is a very powerful factor there may be. People want to indicate somewhat more respect,” warned the Teranga Lions captain.
Ivory Coast: CAN lastly kick off in 2024
The Italian businessman’s media launch comes just a few weeks after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) introduced the postponement of CAN. Scheduled for June and July 2023 in Côte d’Ivoire, it has been postponed to January and February 2024 in order that the climate is milder.
In 2017, nonetheless, CAF determined to carry its flagship competitors in June and July so as to align with different confederations and keep away from conflicts with European golf equipment, some of whom had been rising more and more impatient with the absence of their African internationals. excessive season.
But with the exception of 2019, when CAN was contested in Egypt in June and July, a return to the outdated rule seems to have occurred, not less than briefly. “While CAN is held in nations the place it’s tough to play in June and July, it is going to be organized in January and February and this shall be mentioned because it has been for years. Really solely within the nations of North Africa or South Africa you possibly can play in June and July. I feel CAF, FIFA and the golf equipment ought to focus on this concern with the calendar,” Cameroon nationwide goalkeeper Carlos Kameni mentioned.
The former Espanyol Barcelona and Malaga participant doesn’t say he’s shocked by Aurelio De Laurentiis’ feedback. “We can determine it out: it by no means is straightforward for a club to see a number of of its gamers depart mid-season to compete with the nationwide crew. Laurentiis is aware of completely properly that by recruiting African gamers they are often chosen to compete in CAN. He’s not displaying unhealthy religion, he is simply saying his opinion and he isn’t the one one who thinks like that,” Kameni continues.
As every CAN last part approaches, it’s not unusual for golf equipment to place more or much less stress on gamers to attempt to dissuade them from taking part within the event. Often with out success. “After CAN 2008 I needed to signal with Tottenham (England) they usually requested me if I meant to play CAN 2010 in Angola. I answered within the affirmative and I by no means joined Tottenham,” says Kameni.
CAN each 4 years?
Frenchman Patrice Nevo, coach of Gabon, whose nationwide crew nearly all play in Europe, admitted he was shocked by the Neapolitan chief’s statements “just because this drawback will not be new”. “It is critical, he says, to discover a harmonization of worldwide calendars. You can hear [arguments des] European golf equipment, in addition they need to bear in mind African realities, particularly these of the seasons, which may, in sure elements of the continent, make the sport of soccer tough at sure instances of the yr. »
The technician fears that this by no means-ending debate will finish with “inducing CAF to play CAN each 4 years” as FIFA desires, a speculation largely rejected by African footballers and supporters very hooked up to the present format.
What if CAN was held each 4 years?
“Ideally we’d proceed to compete in CAN each two years as a result of African soccer wants it for its worldwide visibility and as typically as potential in June and July,” hopes Said Ali Attuman, president of federation Comoros.