FIFA hosting the Club World Cup during AFCON is ‘disrespectful’ to African football claims former Egypt and Premier League star Mido – with dates changing to February after host Japan withdrew
- The FIFA Club World Cup will now clash with the AFCON schedule
- Tournament moved slightly after host Japan withdraws due to Covid
- Former Premier League star Mido says this shows a lack of respect for Africa
- He insists that such a call would not have been made about the euro
Former Egypt and Premier League star Mido has hit back at the news that the FIFA Club World Cup will now be rescheduled and crossed over with the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Following the withdrawal of host country Japan – as a precaution Covid reasons due to the emergence of the Omicron variant – the competition will now compete in February when AFCON reaches its peak.
Now, after hearing the news, former striker Mido has hit back at the decision, suggesting it shows blatant disdain.
Former Premier League star Mido has hit back at FIFA’s Club World Cup clash with AFCON
FIFA’s decision to keep the World Cup for clubs while AFCON is underway is a sign of disrespect for African football,” the former Ajax and Tottenham forward said on Twitter.
Mido added that such a move just wouldn’t have been the case with the European Championship or the Copa America.
His tweet read in full: ‘It is disrespectful to the International Confederation of African Football to make the FIFA Club World Cup coincide with the African Nations Cup.
The Egyptian played for Middlesbrough, Tottenham and Ajax in his career
Can the International Federation hold the tournament at the same time as the European Nations Cup or at the same time as the Copa America? of course not!!’
The revised dates clash with the pinnacle of the Africa Cup of Nations, where the continent’s national champions will decide in the final on February 6 in Cameroon.
Egyptians Al Ahly will be Africa’s representatives in the UAE and may be without multiple players depending on their respective countries’ progress in the Nations Cup.
Al Ahly says his entry into the tournament will be affected as the club expects to have ‘more than seven players’ in Egypt’s Nations Cup squad, along with three other internationals on duty in Cameroon.
Egyptians Al Ahly will be the representatives of Africa and can be without multiplayer
The Cairo club will write official letters on Tuesday to the Egyptian FA, the organizers of the Nations Cup, the Confederation of African Football and FIFA, asking the three bodies to “work together to resolve the conflict between the two events.” ‘.
African Champions League holder Al Ahly will face Mexico’s CF Monterrey when they take part in the second round Club World Cup, which is likely to take place on the same day as the Nations Cup final.