AFCON chaos continues to rumble on with the tournament’s organisers slamming ‘fake news’ and ‘lies’ about the competition being postponed for the second time.

Africa’s premier tournament was slated to take place last year, but was postponed due to COVID – and with concerns over the Omicron variant, there were reports that discussions had been held about further postponement.

The European Club Association has been lobbying for the postponement, prompting CAF Head of Media relations and Operations, Lux September to hit-back.

He took to Twitter in response, tweeting:

If the competition were to go ahead, Saints would almost certainly lose Moussa Djenepo, who helped Mali qualify for the competition.

Ibrahima Diallo and Mohammed Salisu are other potential Saints players that could be called up – but the chances are remote, as Diallo has confirmed his intention to remain eligible for France, deciding not to link up with his older brother Abdou in the Senegalese set-up.

Salisu has not been involved with the Ghana national side since dropping out of a squad due to injury back in November 2019, and is yet to make his debut for the Black Stars.

Whilst doubts regarding the competition going ahead remain, Sky Sports have announced that they will be showing all 52 games live.

The BBC will also be showing 10 games free-to-air, including the semi-finals and final.

If Djenepo is selected, he could potentially miss the entirety of January – with the competition taking place from January 9 to February 6.

Former Saints players likely to be in action include Gabon’s Mario Lemina, Sofiane Boufal with Morocco, and Sadio Mane for Senegal.


  • Wednesday January 12 14:00pm – Tunisia v Mali
  • Sunday January 16 14:00pm – Gambia v Mali
  • Thursday January 20 20:00pm – Mali v Mauritania

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