The Africa Cup of Nations 2022 is in full swing and many Premier League players expect to take the lead in the 33rd Africa National Team Championship.
The 31 EPL players in the competition are waiting for at least three group stage matches, which means that they will remain in the national team until at least January 20. Eight teams will be eliminated in the group phase and after a short break the competition will continue with the elimination phase of one game starting with the eight-finals.
In addition to seeing how far their favorite players can advance, Premier League fans will also be watching the timing of their potential return. If the national team reaches the AFCON final, these players will remain in Cameroon until 6 February.
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Key dates of AFCON 2022 tournaments
Here is the AFCON tournament schedule:
- ToGroup stage: Sun 9 January – Thursday 20 January
- Round 16: Sun January 23 – Wednesday January 26
- Quarterfinals: Sat 29 January – Sun 30 January
- Semifinal: Wed 2 February – Thursday 3 February
- Final and match for 3rd place: No, February 6th
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When will Premier League players return to the clubs?
Premier League players at AFCON 2022 will try to go as deep as possible in the tournament. Here is a complete list of players in each Premier League club in the tournament, how they are doing and when they could return with their club.
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Ghana lost a heartbreaker with Morocco in a late goal and Thomas Partey went 90 minutes before the late submarine. The Black Stars will enjoy their chances of bouncing against the Comoros and Gabon.
However, other Arsenal players will be in action in the coming days Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sat Gabon’s opening victory due to a positive test on COVID-19.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon – Group C)
- Mohamed Elneny (Egypt – Group D)
- Thomas Partey (Ghana – Group C)
- Nicolas Pepe (Côte d’Ivoire – Group E)
Bertrand Traore was the captain of Burkina Faso against the host country of Cameroon, and despite losing 2: 1, the team got rid of the guilt well enough to give their fans hope for advancing from the group.
Trezeguet could see Egypt’s action against Nigeria in the opening match of Group D. The knee injury remained Amazing Nakamba from joining Zimbabwe to the event.
- Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso – Group A)
- Mahmoud Trezeguet (Egypt – Group D
Frank Onyeka begins his AFCON tournament on Tuesday with Nigeria.
Julian Jeanvier did not make it into the last AFCON team of Guinea and Tarique Fosu-Henry he was also absent from Ghana after not appearing in the Premier League this season.
- Frank Onyeka (Nigeria – Group D)
Mali will be one of the last teams to enter the field when they play against Tunisia on Wednesday.
- Yves Bissouma (Mali – Group F)
It remains to be seen if Maxwel Cornet will be able to break into the lineup on the star-studded side of Ivory Coast when the Elephants start their tournament on Wednesday.
- Maxwel Cornet (Ivory Coast – Group E)
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was one of the players who were forced to sit down due to a positive test for COVID-19.
Regular phone calls to Morocco Hakim Ziyech he was dropped from the team due to a rift with the manager and his nation without him still defeated the strong team of Ghana.
- Edouard Mendy (Senegal – Group B)
Jordan Ayew started in Ghana and lost 86 minutes to Morocco. Ghana left Ayew’s teammates from Crystal Palace, Jeffrey Schlupp, outside the team.
Cheikhou Kouyate went a full 90 to his familiar position as midfielder when Senegal became the winner and launched his AFCON 2022 campaign. Wilfried Zaha and Ivory Coast play Wednesday with Equatorial Guinea.
- Jordan Ayew (Ghana – Group C)
- Chiekhou Kouyate (Senegal – Group B)
- Wilfried Zaha (Côte d’Ivoire – Group E)
Alex Iwobi and Nigeria will start a tough match against Muhammad Salah and Egypt (Tuesday).
Jean-Phillippe Gbamin, who has only three Premier League appearances for the Toffees this season and was reportedly asked to find a new club, was dropped from Côte d’Ivoire.
- Alex Iwobi (Nigeria – Group D)
Daniel Amartey, who had a strong position in Leicester as a former player, defeated Ghana in a defeat with Morocco by a full 90 in the middle defender. He expects to play a major role in this team during the competition.
Nampalys Mendy was caught by the COVID-19 epidemic that hit Senegal before it opened. Meanwhile, Nigeria will play its first match on Tuesday.
- Daniel Amartey (Ghana – Group C)
- Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria – Group D)
- Nampalys Mendy (Senegal – Group B)
- Wilfried Ndidi (Nigeria – Group D)
Sadio Mane was already decisive for the tournament favorite Senegal, when in a 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe he scored the winning penalty deep in the set time. AND Naby Keita went a full 90 points for Guinea in the opening 1-0 match over Malawi.
His teammate, Mohamed Salah, will have his hands full with Egypt against Nigeria on Tuesday.
- Naby Keita (Guinea – Group B)
- Sadio Mane (Senegal – Group B)
- Mohamed Salah (Egypt – Group D)
Riyad Mahrez and Algeria enter the field for the first time on Tuesday and want to extend their 34-match series without defeat.
- Riyad Mahrez (Algeria – Group E)
Ivory Coast is the last team to make its AFCON 2022 debut on Wednesday against Equatorial Guinea. Man United Eric Bailly is on the team, but Amad Diallo is not.
- Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast – Group E)
Mali a Moussa Djenepo will begin its participation in AFCON 2022 on Wednesday.
Mohammed Salisu he did not join Ghana and his compatriots were not satisfied.
- Moussa Djenepo (Mali – Group F)
Morocco began its participation in AFCON 2022 with a hard-won 1-0 victory over Ghana. Adam Mašína played the whole 90 minutes on the left defender and club teammate Imran Louza started and went 78 minutes in the middle of the advance.
Keeper Maduka Okoye and defender William Troost-Ekong will try to help Nigeria make a good start against Egypt and Muhammad Salah.
Petr Etebo will not be with Nigeria due to injuries while Ismaila Sarr was not released to Senegal after the club’s controversial match against the country.
- Imran Louza (Morocco – Group C)
- Adam Masina (Morocco – Group C)
- Maduka Okoye (Nigeria – Group D)
- William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria – Group D)
After a strong first half of the season with West Ham, Benrahma said he will hope that his form will be transferred to AFCON with Algeria, starting with the opening match against Sierra Leone.
- Said Benrahma (Algeria – Group E)
Romain Saiss led Morocco to a 1-0 victory over Ghana. Defender of Fellow Wolves Willy Boly hopes to repeat the result with Côte d’Ivoire on Wednesday.
- Willy Boly (Côte d’Ivoire – Group E)
- Romain Saiss (Morocco – Group C)