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De Laurentiis, the president of Napoli, promises not to sign any AFCON-bound African players.


    Earlier this year, the seasoned manager of the Serie A team expressed his displeasure at parting with Kalidou Koulibaly and Zambo Anguissa.

    Aurelio De Laurentiis, the president of Napoli, asserted that the Italian club would not acquire African players unless they accepted a provision that would prevent them from competing in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

    Kalidou Koulibaly, a Senegal defender who has since defected to Chelsea, and Andre Zambo Anguissa, a Cameroonian midfielder, had to be released by Napoli for a number of games last season so that they could fulfill their national obligations with their respective nations.

    Before the African players may don the Napoli blue jersey, De Laurentiis will make them sign a statement promising they won’t compete in the AFCON.

    De Laurentiis’ comments regarding the acquisition of African players?

    In an interview with Smart Talk on Wall Street Italia, he exclaimed, “I told them, guys, don’t talk to me about Africans again!”

    I adore them, but between the Africa Cup of Nations and the South American World Cup qualifying matches, these players are never available unless they sign a document stating they won’t participate.

    We are the suckers who pay their wages and then send them throughout the globe performing for other people.

    Victor Oshimen of Nigeria and Napoli did not travel to play in the AFCON because the club informed the team that the striker would be sidelined due to the Covid-19 virus.

    The AFCON is held every two years, however Covid-19 caused the 2021 edition of the competition to be moved to 2022. As a result, there will be two tournaments back-to-back, the 2023 edition starting in January.


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