Aurelio De Laurentiis, the president of Napoli, assures that he will no longer target African internationals in the future. The Italian leader believes that the African Cup of Nations organized, often in winter (in the middle of the season), is criminal tropisante for his club.
A drastic decision. During an interview granted to the economic media Wall Street Italia, Aurelio De Laurentiis made a very clear announcement. Napoli’s president has decided not to sign any more internationals in the future. In question ? The CAN calendar, organized every two years, most often in winter. Mid-season. “Don’t talk to me about African footballers anymore. I won’t take any more, as long as the African Cup of Nations is organized in the middle of the season. Unless they give up the challenge,” said the Italian leader.
The last edition of the CAN, won by Senegal, took place at the start of the year in Cameroon, after being postponed for a year due to the Covid pandemic. The next is scheduled for January 2024 in Côte d’Ivoire. Napoli currently have several players in their squad likely to participate, such as Victor Osimhen (Nigeria), André-Franck Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon) and Adam Ounas (Algeria). In recent years, the Campania club has also had Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Faouzi Ghoulam (Algeria) or Amara Diawara (Guinea) in its ranks.
“I still want to have fun”
After taking over Napoli in 2004 (when the club was playing in the third division), De Laurentiis does not yet want to pass the torch. The 73-year-old businessman, who is also a film producer, recalled this during his speech. By claiming to have rejected numerous offers for the takeover of Napoli, including one of 900 million euros made by American investors.
“I have to but don’t sell, because I’m a fan and I always want to have fun. I try to do my best as president, making honest and far-sighted choices. Always for the good of Naples”, concluded the one who also invested in SSC Bari, today in Serie B.