Joel Matip has confirmed reports saying he will turn down a call-up for Cameroon in the AFCON, in order to focus on Liverpool
The African Cup of Nations is scheduled to begin in January and with the qualifications drawing to a close, the Premier League is set to miss out on some star names for a period of a month. It will be interesting to see how the league copes without them.
While most clubs are going to miss some player or the other during the African Cup of Nations, the tournament will not affect the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
Manchester United have made a splendid start to the campaign, winning all three of their Premier League matches and Bailly has been involved in some stellar performances. His absence will leave a void in the back line and having settled into squad, he will be missed, albeit it being for a few matches.
While it is a certainty that Sadio Mane will represent Senegal, the same cannot be said about Cameroon international Joel Matip, who last represented his country back in Septemper 2015.
Newcastle United are reportedly close to sealing a temporary transfer for Chelsea winger Christian Atsu, who is not in Antonio Conte's first team plans this season.
Nigerien defender Kofi Dankwae is coming for trials at Sporting Clube De Goa as the club is looking to complete its foreign lineup before the I-League
AFCON 2013 final didn't see the same amount of emotional drama of AFCON 2012 final. Nigeria deservedly captured their third title by beating Burkina Faso thanks to Sunday Mba's strike.
Ghana takes on Burkina Faso for a place in AFCON 2013 final. TheHardTackle previews the upcoming encounter with the team news, line-ups and prediction.
AFCON 2013 quarter-finals kick off with favourites Ghana taking on unheralded Cape Verde.