The Naples football club will only hire new African players if they agree not to play in the African Cup of Nations (CAN), a competition generally organized during the season, according to the president of the Italian club, Aurelio de Laurentiis.
“Don’t talk to me about Africans anymore. I wish them well, but […] they sign me a waiver to participate in the African Cup or else […] I never have them available »launched the Neapolitan leader during a program broadcast Tuesday evening August 2 on the economic site Wall Street Italia. “We are the idiots who pay the salaries to send them to play for others”added the president of Napoli.
During the last CAN, in January and February, Napoli were deprived of several major players in their squad, including their Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who left for Chelsea this summer, and their Cameroonian midfielder Frank Zambo-Anguissa.
“People need to show more respect”
In London, where he spoke to the press, Kalidou Koulibaly replied on Wednesday that ” no one [lui] had never asked not to participate in the CAN “ during his eight seasons spent under the colors of Napoli. Trained in France and recruited by Naples in 2014, he chose to join the Teranga Lions late, at 24, before becoming its captain and then winning the CAN last winter in Cameroon.
“No one can ban me from playing for my national team”a defendant the 31-year-old central defender, specifying: “That might be the only reason I could fight someone. Everyone thinks the same as me in the national team. If someone tells us not to go [en sélection], we would all fight to get there. Defending the colors of the national team is for me the most important that exists. People need to show more respect. »
The clubs, employers of the players, have the obligation to let their internationals join their selections during the international periods governed by the International Football Federation (FIFA). The Napoli club, qualified for the Champions League, counts among its star players the Nigerian international Victor Osimhen, who did not play in the last AFCON due to injury.
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