‘It's unacceptable' - Leverkusen chief slams AFCON

‘It's unacceptable' - Leverkusen chief slams AFCON
Leverkusen's Edmond Tapsoba (R) in action against Gilloise's Victor Boniface during the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal first stage match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in Leverkusen, Germany, 13 April 2023. EPA/RONALD WITTEK

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Nov 28, 2023. 15:00

Bayer Leverkusen are contemplating legal action to prevent their African players from being called up for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.

This is according to the German Bundesliga side’s chief executive officer Fernando Carro, with Ivory Coast set to host the tournament between 13 January and 11 February 2024.

Amine Adli (Morocco), Odilon Kossounou (Ivory Coast), Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso), Nathan Tella, and Victor Boniface (both Nigeria) are all the books of Leverkusen.

“It is unacceptable that the Africa Cup is being played in the middle of the season,” Carro said on Sport1.

“In order to change that, I will enter into a dispute with FIFA. We are also checking whether there is a legal chance of not having to release the players.

“That is not realistic. And in principle, I don’t want to prevent anyone from taking this step.”

Adli, Kossounou, Tapsoba, Tella and Boniface are all expected to be included in their respective countries’ squads for the 2023 AFCON finals.

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