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It’s unfair to stop African players from participating in AFCON – Okocha

Nigeria’s legendary footballer, Austin Jay Jay Okocha has waded in the conversation about the refusal of European and other clubs to release some players for the African Cup of Nations which is scheduled to kick off on Sunday, January 9th in Cameroon.

Okocha who is a member of Nigeria’s Super Eagle Technical Support Group said the idea of holding back African players from participating in AFCON is rather unfair.

“The AFCON has always been in January, and it is criminal for these European clubs to stop African players from being part of the competition,” Okocha said.

“These same clubs and coaches won’t stop their players from taking part in European competitions. They even cheer their players during EURO championship,” he added.

His comment came at the backdrop of the news of refusal by prenier league side, Watford and Al Shabab to release Emmanuel Dennis and Jude Ighalo respectively.

Al Shabab, in the case of Ighalo, had claimed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) did not follow the due process of making a request for the release of a player on time.

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