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From Haller to Sangaré and from Hakimi to Salah: these players leave their club for the Africa Cup | Foreign football

The Africa Cup will be held in Cameroon from 9 January to 6 February. The 24 nations have rosters of 28 players and are split into six groups; with 16 nations advancing to the knockout stages from January 23. All matches are broadcast on ESPN. Which clubs will have to do without some top players in the coming month?

24 selections of 28 players means that a total of 672 players travel to Cameroon for the Africa Cup. 373 of these are active in European competitions; most of them in England or France.

Because the Africa Cup; unlike; for example; the European Championship or the World Cup is held in the middle of the season; several clubs have to miss important players. For example; the top match between PSV and Ajax is scheduled for January 23; while Ajax sees Sébastien Haller; André Onana and Mohammed Kudus leave and Ibrahim Sangaré has to show his skills for Ivory Coast at PSV. There are also many clubs abroad that see strong holders leave. Just think of Liverpool; which will have to do without Sadio Mane; Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita in the coming weeks.

Netherlands – Eredivisie

Sébastien Haller (Ivory Coast) – Ajax striker
André Onana (Cameroon) – Ajax goalkeeper
Mohammed Kudus (Ghana) – Ajax midfielder

Zakaria Aboukhlal (Morocco) – attacker AZ

From Haller to Sangaré and from Hakimi to Salah: these players leave their club for the Africa Cup |  Foreign football

Zakaria Aboukhlal. © ANP

Issa Kallon (Gabon) – attacker Cambuur
David Sambissa (Gabon) – left back Cambuur

Lisandro Semedo (Cape Verde) – striker Fortuna Sittard

Yacine Bourhane (Comoros) – Midfielder Go Ahead Eagles

Souffian El Karouani (Morocco) – left back NEC

Ibrahim Sangaré (Ivory Coast) – midfielder PSV

Saïd Bakari (Comoros) – RKC . winger

Maduka Okoye (Nigeria) – goalkeeper Sparta Rotterdam

Shops Okoye.

Shops Okoye. © Pro Shots / Stefan Koops

Ramiz Zerrouki (Algeria) – midfielder FC Twente

Netherlands – Kitchen Champion Division

Kilian Nikièma (Burkina Faso) – goalkeeper ADO Den Haag

Jeffry Fortes (Cape Verde) – De Graafschap right back

Netherlands – Sunday 1st Division

Amro Abbas (Sudan) – defender AVV Columbia


Thomas Partey (Ghana) – Arsenal midfielder
Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) – Arsenal midfielder
Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast) – Arsenal striker
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) – striker Arsenal

Mahmoud Trézéguet (Egypt) – striker Aston Villa
Bertrand Traoré (Burkina Faso) – striker Aston Villa

Édouard Mendy (Senegal) – Chelsea goalkeeper

Edouard Mendy.

Edouard Mendy. © AFP

Cheikhou Kouyaté (Senegal) – Midfielder Crystal Palace
Jordan Ayew (Ghana) – Crystal Palace striker
Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast) – Crystal Palace striker

Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) – Midfielder Everton

Daniel Amartey (Ghana) – defender Leicester City
Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria) – Midfielder Leicester City
Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria) – strikes Leicester City
Nampalys Mendy (Senegal) – Midfielder Leicester City

Naby Keita (Guinea) – Liverpool Midfielder
Sadio Mane (Senegal) – Liverpool striker
Mohamed Salah (Egypt) – Liverpool striker

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) – attacker Manchester City

Riyadh Mahrez.

Riyadh Mahrez. © REUTERS

Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast) – defender Manchester United
Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia) – Midfielder Manchester United

William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria) – defender Watford
Ismaila Sarr (Senegal) – striker Watford

Said Benrahma (Algeria) – West Ham United striker


Abde Ezzalzouli (Morocco) – striker FC Barcelona

Kenneth Omeruo (Nigeria) – Defender Leganés

Yassine Bounou (Morocco) – goalkeeper Sevilla
Munir El Haddadi (Morocco) – Seville striker
Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco) – Seville striker

Youssef En-Nesyri.

Youssef En-Nesyri. © Swimming pool via REUTERS

Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast) – right back Villarreal
Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria) – attacker Villarreal

Umar Sadiq (Nigeria) – strikes Almeria


Islam Slimani (Algeria) – attacker Olympique Lyon
Karl Toko Ekambi (Burkina Faso) – attacker Olympique Lyon

Mario Lemina (Gabon) – Midfielder OGC Nice

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) – right back PSG
Abdou Diallo (Senegal) – PSG defender
Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) – midfielder PSG

Abdou Diallo in Idrissi Gueye.

Abdou Diallo in Idrissi Gueye. © AFP


Ismaël Bennacer (Algeria) – AC Milan midfielder
Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast) – AC Milan midfielder

Amadou Diawara (Guinea) – AS Roma . midfielder
Felix Afena-Gyan (Ghana) – AS Roma striker

Ibrahima Mbaye (Senegal) – defender Bologna
Musa Barrow (Gambia) – Bologna striker

Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco) – Midfielder Fiorentina

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) – defeated Naples
André-Frank Anguissa (Cameroon) – Napoli midfielder
Adam Ounas (Algeria) – Napoli striker

Kalidou Koulibaly on behalf of Senegal in action against Namibia.

Kalidou Koulibaly on behalf of Senegal in action against Namibia. © ANP / PA Images / Alamy – Sports


Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon) – striker Bayern Munich
Bouna Sarr (Senegal) – right back Bayern Munich

Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso) – Bayer Leverkusen defender
Odilon Kossounou (Ivory Coast) – defender Bayer Leverkusen

Ramy Bensebaini (Algeria) – left back Borussia Mönchengladbach

Taiwo Awoniyi (Nigeria) – Union Berlin striker


Garry Mendes Rodrigues (Cape Verde) – Olympic striker
Aguibou Camara (Guinea) – Midfielder Olympiakos


Leon Balogun (Nigeria) – defender Rangers
Joe Aribo (Nigeria) – Rangers midfielder

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