Africa Cup Of Nations: Players Can Now Stay With Clubs Until January 3rd

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According to the Confederation of African Football, footballers can now play for their clubs until 3 January before departing for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Clubs must release players by the 27th of December for the event, which begins on the 9th of January, according to Fifa rules.

However, according to a letter from Fifa to the World Leagues Forum, Caf has agreed that players can play in official games for their clubs until January 3rd.

Fifa stated, “This decision was made in the spirit of kindness and togetherness.”

It means Liverpool will be free to rely on Egypt striker Mohamed Salah, Senegal winger Sadio Mane, and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita for their match against Chelsea on January 2nd, who will be without Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Algerians Riyad Mahrez and Said Benrahma will be able to play for Manchester City and West Ham United, respectively, while others will profit as well.

The Africa Cup of Nations goes until February 6th, with Leeds United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, and Tottenham Hotspur being the only Premier League teams not to lose a player.

Source: BBC Sport

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