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African nations becomes clearer

This weekend has given us a clearer, well virtually a full picture, as to who we are 'potentially' going to be missing when the African nations comes round...

Algeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast had already secured a place.

Egypt, 'should' we be looking to sign any players, are also assured of this now.

Morocco cannot make it to the African nations or the world cup so this 'might' decide the international future of one of our players, for the time being at least?

Whereas Nigeria confirmed a place on Sunday.

So, with Algeria off this means that we will almost certainly be without Nadir Belhadj and most probably without our on-loan Benfica midfielder Hassan Yebda. Belhadj scored in a win over the weekend with Yebda making his Algerian debut as a sub. A world cup place can be secured next month.

Ghana going will 'probably' mean that we will be without the impressive Kevin-Prince Boateng. He has opted for Ghana over Germany and would be a surprising omission from their squad I would feel - he would also have a 'good' chance of going to the world cup as well, something that Ghana have also secured.

Ivory Coast affects us if Aruna Dindane is recalled into the squad, which I would imagine is very much possible if he can stay injury free for us and perform to the best of his abilities that made him a regular before his injury - I would very much suggest we prepare for him being away to be honest...

Egypt 'might' affect us, which for me makes the likelihood of Amr Zaki signing even slimmer - these recent 'rehashed and reused reports' are nothing more than that for me, and The News' reporting of them today is, again for me, completely out of context. Zaki is merely fishing for a move back to the premier league and any 'promises' he might have got, yet again for me, will not be backed up now as SAF does not carry enough away with his 10% anymore... With Zaki away for the African nations I would not sign him anyway, we need players to play a full part in the New Year and throughout the second half of the season.

As far as I am aware Younes Kaboul has not decided on his international future yet? 'If' this is going to be with Morocco then we have no concerns about the African nations, at best they will finish 3rd in their qualifying group with qualification hopes long gone, they also cannot make the world cup, which 'might' make his decision easier? A good season 'could' even see that French call-up come? Like I say though, either way we will not lose one of our most important and influential players.

Nigerian secured their place on Sunday as well so this means we will be without Kanu and John Utaka - assuming both are called-up? I would suspect that Kanu will, but he seems to have fallen away from the our 1st team anyway, and Utaka is completely out of the picture at the moment, although with players away and 'if' he does not get called-up he may have a part to play for us?

As we seem to have a habit of signing African footballers should we be on the lookout for anymore in the New Year then avoiding those from Cameroon, Gabon, Tunisia, Mali, Benin and Burkina Faso would be advisable, as these nations will also be involved, although having looked into Burkina Faso a little more the top scorer in the competition plays for them Moumouni Dagano. An international strike rate of almost 1 in 2 game with similar kind of record with Genk and Guingamp in previous years is not bad for the 28-year-old currently playing in Qatar. That said the premier league is a much different proposition to Belgium!

So, there you have it the 'complete' African nations round-up as far as I can see, I think?

This leaves us facing the possibility of losing 6 players currently in our squad, the 'bonus', if you can call it this is that it appears that only 50% of them are what you would call 'key 1st team players', the problem is they appear to be very much key players and Boateng would be very much missed as could potentially Yebda and Dindane!

Share your thoughts on all the above below as usual guys...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 12 2009

Time: 9:21AM

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Is this for the African Nations cup or the World Cup ?
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12/10/2009 09:40:00

african nations, altho there is also some mention to the world cup aswell as some have also secured a place in south africa.
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12/10/2009 09:50:00

but don't they only miss like 1 EPL game and 1 FA cup game?? or have i got that totally wrong... lol
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12/10/2009 10:53:00

I think the top three sides in each group qualify for African Nations - so Morocco could still qualify?
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12/10/2009 11:57:00

morocco are out of it pros. i think its the top 2 in each group with maybe a couple of best placed 3rd teams, morocco cannot be one of them - they are without a doubt out of the running...
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12/10/2009 13:11:00

Belhadj, Yebda, Dindane, Boateng and Kanu will be a great loss to us, especially as we push for survival. At least they would from the current squad, I guess it depends who we sign in the January window, after all we've been promised a transfer kitty.
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12/10/2009 13:35:00

If the ACoN affects us the club only has itself to blame.
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12/10/2009 14:15:00

pompey should go all out and try and get hesky in january !! he needs first team football and would be a great signing plus utd,chelsea,spurs,liverpool,everton,arsenal,city wouldnt want him as they have similar players or better
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12/10/2009 14:36:00

Agree russell. Harry always moaned about losing players to the CAN, but he knew that when he signed them. Agree hussler. I think he would be a good signing, but would he accept the new wage structure? All this agreeing, I must be feverish!
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12/10/2009 15:09:00

I always eem to agree with you hussler, but I must admit, I was thinking the same thing the other evening when I was watching the World Cup game. Blue, as for our wage structure, he has a choice of which is more important to him - regular games to get into the world cup - or wages - in which case we don't want him anyway.
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12/10/2009 21:53:00

well, those that read vital england will know that i 'big up' heskey alot - the guy offers england alot more than people think, the question of 'how useful is heskey' answered itself against croatia for me... how else were lampard and gerrard able to wonder through the defence so easily? granted they are top players but heskey dfew the defence to create space.
so, yep i rate heskey, problem is we need a goalscoring striker so not sure he is the answer!
as for the african nations, russ is right - altho this was a risk we had to take, these were players that other would not have looked at for the reasons they would be off, but needs must for us at the time - we had to be in the mix come january, and hopefully we will be then we can look for reinforcements.
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