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African Cup of Nations: Premier League players to stay until January 3

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Footballers leaving for the African Cup of Nations will be allowed to play in for their Premier League clubs until January 3. Many footballers were set to miss out on vital matches during the festive period but the CAF has agreed to allow players to join their national squads after January 3 for the tournament which is set to kick off on January 9. A number of teams were set to have a number of players leave on the official date of December 27. A few clubs had arrangements in place to let their players stay.

“This decision is taken in the spirit of goodwill and solidarity with the affected clubs in recognition of the fact that they, like all members of the football community, have been adversely affected by the onset of the Covid pandemic,” FIFA said in a statement about the African Cup of Nations.

“It is also assumed that a spirit of mutual cooperation remains between CAF and all relevant stakeholders in this regard, including related to the release of players and the provision of sporting exemptions to travel and quarantine restrictions if required in the future,” a letter from FIFA deputy general secretary Mattias Grafstrom said.

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