FIFA staging 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 hosts Japan withdrew
- The FIFA Club World Cup is now set to clash with the AFCON schedule
- Tournament has been moved slightly after hosts Japan pulled out due to Covid
- Former Premier League star Mido says this shows a lack of respect to Africa
- He insists that such a call would not have been made over the Euros
Former Egypt and Premier League star Mido has hit back at the news that FIFA’s Club World Cup will now be re-scheduled and cross over with the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Following the withdrawal of hosts Japan – on precautionary Covid grounds due to the emergence of the Omicron variant – the competition will now take part in February as AFCON reaches its peak.
Now, after hearing the news, former striker Mido has hit back at the decision and suggested that it shows a blatant disregard.
Former Premier League star Mido has hit back at FIFA’s Club World Cup clash with AFCON
FIFA deciding to hold the Club World Cup while AFCON is going on is a sign of disrespect to African football,’ the former Ajax and Tottenham striker said on Twitter.
Mido added that such a move simply wouldn’t have been the case with the Euros or Copa America.
His tweet in full read: ‘Holding the FIFA Club World Cup to coincide with the African Nations Cup is disrespectful from the International Confederation of African Football..
The Egyptian turned out for the likes of 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 Copa America? of course not!!’
The revised dates clash with the culmination of the Africa Cup of Nations, which will see the continent’s national champions decided in the final on 6 February in Cameroon.
Egyptians Al Ahly will be Africa’s representatives in the UAE and could be without several players depending on their respective countries’ progress at the Nations Cup.
Al Ahly says its participation in the tournament will be impacted as the club expects to have ‘more than seven players’ in the Egypt squad for the Nations Cup, along with three other internationals on duty in Cameroon.
Egyptians Al Ahly will be Africa’s representatives and could be without several players
The Cairo-based outfit will write official letters to the Egyptian FA, Nations Cup organisers Confederation of African Football and FIFA on Tuesday, requesting the three bodies ‘collaborate to resolve the clash of dates’ between the two events.
Al Ahly, holders of the African Champions League, will face CF Monterrey of Mexico when they enter the Club World Cup in the second round, which is likely to take place on the same day as the Nations Cup final.