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AFCON being moved back to January

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Losing Wilf will be problematic as we've seen... :(

 

Losing Nacho could also be a problem. He's been in and out of the Nigeria squad, but if he continues playing well for us (meaning we need him) he will likely get called up. 

 

At least we can make AFCON jokes again. 

 

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12 minutes ago, brucey said:

Losing Wilf will be problematic as we've seen... :(

At least we can make AFCON jokes again. 

 

For the love of god, please at least make it just every 4 years!

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Although frustrating for us, they should play it at the best time for the players.

 

No issue really.

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29 minutes ago, Cardiff_Fox said:

On a player welfare level, making players run about in extreme heat probably supersedes missing your players for six weeks. 

not so extreme if you were born on that continent

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I think teams will think twice before buying African players or at least limit the amount of African players on the team.

Jan/Feb is probably the toughest part of the schedule & probably the part of the year when titles & relegations get decided.

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refuse to release the players and force them to go every 4 years, send the players on a 6 week holiday as they'll be banned from playing

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Are Nigeria in this? What's the squad? Is Kelechi in it? 

1 hour ago, Nicolo Barella said:

Well, at least it's funny imagining what Klopp will do without his two goalscorers!

Missing Salah and Mane would be great albeit a year too late. 

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1 hour ago, StanSP said:

Are Nigeria in this? What's the squad? Is Kelechi in it? 

Missing Salah and Mane would be great albeit a year too late. 

Nigeria usually qualify (apart from that one time they didn't a few years ago) . Kelechi has been in and out of the squad but will likely get in if he continues getting the game time and goals that he has recently. I think Musa is still captain..

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You know that rule about mandatory rest after major tournaments? Does it apply if its mid season? 

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36 minutes ago, Finnegan said:

You know that rule about mandatory rest after major tournaments? Does it apply if its mid season? 

there isn't one in football, most international players are lucky if they get more than a week

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After the original plan of staging the world cup in the summer heat of Qatar was finally rescheduled, why was this tournament planned to be in Cameroon in the rainy season?

Do they not have Google weather overseas?

Do they have a feckin clue at all?

 

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5 minutes ago, Jimmy said:

there isn't one in football, most international players are lucky if they get more than a week

 

Yeah there is, its why Ndidi was back late etc? 

 

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3 minutes ago, Finnegan said:

 

Yeah there is, its why Ndidi was back late etc? 

 

its not mandatory we just gave him extra time off before as it made sense as it was the summer, previous winter AFCONs the players have returned straight away and played

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1 hour ago, Jimmy said:

its not mandatory we just gave him extra time off before as it made sense as it was the summer, previous winter AFCONs the players have returned straight away and played

In the last winter one (2017), Mahrez went out on the Monday/Tuesday and was back playing for us on the Friday.

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Why is this still happening every two years when Europe and South America only have their tournament every four?

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Fifa set this precident by accepting the bribes from Qatar (bet they struggled with their consciounces for almost 10 seconds) knowing that it would be impossible to play football in that desert (in every sense of the word) during the summer.

So now every tournament organiser will feel its OK to move to whatever time of year suits.

But what do we fans matter, the most important thing is Backhand Blatter and his underworld cronies got their bribes.

But at least there is sufficient notice to find or develop cover for Wilf, anyway none of our present team will be here in 12 months.... It was in the papers so it must be true.

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