15 African stars to miss WC qualifiers

African Football

With the Premier League having decided not to release players for upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in red-list countries, here are 15 African stars who are set to miss out on duty for their countries.

Although the likes of Nigeria and Ivory Coast are yet to announce their squads to compete in the September international break, Ghana, South Africa, and Egypt, among others, have revealed their selections, but some key names are set to miss out. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see 15 African stars who are set to miss games for their countries in the next international break

This comes after it was confirmed by the Premier League that it would not allow any of its players to participate in any matches taking part in countries that have been "red-listed" for travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Premier League clubs have today reluctantly but unanimously decided not to release players for international matches played in red-list countries next month," a statement on the EPL’s official website read. 

"The clubs' decision, which is strongly supported by the Premier League, will apply to nearly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries in the September international window. 

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"This follows FIFA's current position not to extend its temporary release exception for players required to quarantine on their return from international duty.  

"Extensive discussions have taken place with both The FA and the Government to find a solution, but due to ongoing public health concerns relating to incoming travellers from red-list countries, no exemption has been granted. 

"If required to quarantine on return from red-list countries, not only would players' welfare and fitness be significantly impacted, but they would also be unavailable to prepare for and play in two Premier League match rounds, a UEFA club competition matchday and the third round of the EFL Cup. 

"This period takes into consideration 10 days of hotel quarantine on return to England but does not include any additional time that would be required for players to regain match fitness."

Some top African stars who are set to miss out on matches for their countries as a result include Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Hakim Ziyech – check out the gallery above to see them and more!

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