The 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is scheduled to will kick off in in January. The tournament will be held between the 9th of January to the 6th of February 2022.
It was initially scheduled to take place between June/July of 2021 but was postponed due to unfavourable climate.
Under FIFA rules, clubs are obliged to release players for international duty. With the AFCON coming up in the middle of the season, club sides (especially European clubs) will be affected by the unavailability of their African players.
Players are expected to be released in December to prepare for the competition.
In this article, TOP SOCCER BLOG brings you the list of players that will be at the AFCON from each Premier league side. However, this is also a possible list of Premier League players going to the AFCON 2022. The African countries have not named their squad, so it’s not confirmed.
39 players from 16 Premier league teams will be at the 2022 AFCON.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GABON)
- Mohammed El Nenny (EGYPT)
- Thomas Partey (GHANA)
- Nicholas Pepe (IVORY COAST)
Arsenal will miss 4 squad players during the AFCON, the Gunners will most likely be affected by the absence of their Captain and talisman, Aubameyang.
2. ASTON VILLA
- Bertrand Traore (BURKINA FASO)
- Marvelous Nakamba (ZIMBABWE)
- Mahmoud Trezeguet (EGYPT)
Aston Villa will be without 3 players for a month.
- Tariqe Fosu-Henry (GHANA)
- Julian Jeanvier (GUINEA)
- Frank Onyeka (NIGERIA).
4. BRIGHTON & HOVES
- Yves Bissouma (MALI)
- Maxwell Cornet (IVORY COAST)
Cornet has been Burnley’s best player since joining them from Lyon last summer, he will surely be missed.
- Hakim Ziyech (SENEGAL)
- Edouard Mendy (MOROCCO)
Mendy’s absence might affect the Blues’ title run-in as he has been in superb form this season.
7. CRYSTAL PALACE
- Wilfred Zaha (IVORY COAST)
- Cheikou Kouyate (SENEGAL)
- Jordan Ayew (GHANA)
- Jeffrey Schlupp (GHANA)
Crystal Palace will miss 4 players including starman, Zaha.
- Jean-Philippe Gbamin (IVORY COAST)
- Alex Iwobi (NIGERIA)
9. LEICESTER CITY
- Kelechi Iheanacho (NIGERIA)
- Wilfred Ndidi (NIGERIA)
- Daniel Amartey (GHANA)
- Nempalys Mendy (SENEGAL)
The absence of Nigerian duo, Ndidi and Iheanacho, might affect Leicester’s chances of European qualification. Parson Daka’s Zambia failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.
- Mohammed Salah (EGYPT)
- Naby Keita (GUINEA)
- Sadio Mane (SENEGAL)
Liverpool are the biggest losers here as they will be without 3 key players which comprises of their two best players, can it prove decisive in the title race?
11. MANCHESTER CITY
- Riyad Mahrez (ALGERIA)
Mahrez will be sorely missed due to his contributions but Guardiorla has enough players in the squad to cover for the Algerian’s absence.
12. MANCHESTER UNITED
- Eric Bailly (IVORY COAST)
- Amad Diallo (IVORY COAST)
- Moussa Djenepo (MALI)
- Mohammed Sailisu (GHANA)
Mali and Ghana are two major favorites among the teams who qualified for the 2022 AFCON.
- Peter Etebo (NIGERIA)
- William Troost-Ekong (NIGERIA)
- Emmanuel Dennis (NIGERIA)
- Adam Masina (MOROCCO)
- Ismaila Sarr (SENEGAL)
Watford’s fight against relegation will definitely be affected by the loss of FIVE players!
- Willy Boly (IVORY COAST)
- Romain Saiss (MOROCCO)
Wolverhampton Wolves would be without two players in the 2022 AFCON.
16. WESTHAM UNITED
- Said Benrahma (ALGERIA)
Benrahma has chipped in with some important goal contributions so far but will his absence affect David Moyes’ side?