The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations is underway and many Premier League players are expected to take on leading roles in the 33rd edition of the Africa National Teams Championship.
The 31 EPL players in the competition face a minimum of three group stage matches, which means they will remain with the national team until at least January 20. The group stage will see eight teams eliminated and after a short break the competition will then advance to the knockout stage with a match starting with the round of 16.
As well as seeing how far their favorite players can progress, Premier League fans will also be keeping an eye on when their potential comeback is. If a national team reaches the CAN final, these players will stay in Cameroon until February 6.
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The key dates of the CAN 2022 tournament
Here is the schedule of the CAN tournaments:
- HaveGroup stage: Sun Jan 9 – Thursday Jan 20
- round of 16: Sun Jan 23 – Wed Jan 26
- Quarter-finals: Sat 29 Jan – Sun 30 Jan
- Semi finals: Wed. 2 Feb. – Thu. 3 Feb.
- Final and match for 3rd place: Sun 6 Feb
MORE: Full CAN 2022 match schedule
When will Premier League players return to clubs?
CAN 2022 Premier League players will aim to go as far as possible in the tournament. Here is a full list of players from each Premier League club at the tournament, how they are doing and when they could be back with their club.
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Ghana lost heartbreak to Morocco on a late goal and Thomas partey went 90 minutes before a late submarine. The Black Stars will love their chances of bouncing back against Comoros and Gabon to come.
Other Arsenal players will be in action in the coming days, however Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed Gabon’s first victory due to a positive COVID-19 test.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon – Group C)
- Mohamed Elneny (Egypt – Group D)
- Thomas Partey (Ghana – Group C)
- Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast – Group E)
Bertrand traore Burkina Faso captain against host Cameroon, and despite a 2-1 loss, the team acquitted themselves well enough to give their fans hope of breaking out of the squad.
Trézeguet could see Egypt action against Nigeria in their first Group D game. Knee injury maintained Wonderful Nakamba to join Zimbabwe at the event.
- Bertrand Traoré (Burkina Faso – Group A)
- Mahmoud Trezeguet (Egypt – Group D
Frank Onyeka begins its CAN tournament on Tuesday with Nigeria.
Julien jeanvier was not part of Guinea’s final team at CAN, and Tarique Fosu-Henri also missed the Ghana squad after not making any Premier League appearances this season.
- Frank Onyeka (Nigeria – Group D)
Mali will be one of the last teams to enter the pitch when they face Tunisia on Wednesday.
- Yves Bissouma (Mali – Group F)
It remains to be seen if Maxwel cone will be able to break into the formation of a star-studded Ivorian team when the Elephants start their tournament on Wednesday.
- Maxwel Cornet (Ivory Coast – Group E)
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was one of the players who was forced to sit down due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Regular call to Morocco Hakim Ziyech was kicked out of the squad due to a rift with the manager and his nation has always beaten a strong Ghana side without him.
- Edouard Mendy (Senegal – Group B)
Jordan ayew started up front for Ghana and went 86 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Morocco. Ghana left Ayew’s teammate at Crystal Palace, Jeffrey Schlupp, out of the team.
Cheikhou Kouyaté reached 90 in his familiar position in the central midfielder as Senegal emerged victorious to begin their AFCON 2022 campaign. Wilfried Zaha and Côte d’Ivoire will face Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday.
- Jordan Ayew (Ghana – Group C)
- Chiekhou Kouyate (Senegal – Group B)
- Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast – Group E)
Alex iwobi and Nigeria open with a tough game against Mohamed Salah and Egypt (Tuesday).
Jean-Philippe Gbamin, who has only made three Premier League appearances this season for the Toffees and who has reportedly been asked to find a new club, has been excluded from the Ivorian squad.
- Alex Iwobi (Nigeria – Group D)
Daniel Amartey, who had a strong alumni streak with Leicester, scored 90 at center for Ghana in the loss to Morocco. He intends to play a major role in this team during the competition.
Nampalys mendy was caught in the COVID-19 epidemic that hit Senegal ahead of its opener. Meanwhile, Nigeria will play their first game on Tuesday.
- Daniel Amartey (Ghana – Group C)
- Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria – Group D)
- Nampalys Mendy (Senegal – Group B)
- Wilfried Ndidi (Nigeria – Group D)
Sadio Mane has already been decisive for tournament favorites Senegal, scoring the victory penalty in stoppage time in a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe. And Naby Keïta scored 90 points for Guinea in their 1-0 opener against Malawi.
His teammate, Mohamed salah, will have their hands full with Egypt against Nigeria on Tuesday.
- Naby Keita (Guinea – Group B)
- Sadio Mane (Senegal – Group B)
- Mohamed Salah (Egypt – Group D)
Riyad Mahrez and Algeria enter the field for the first time on Tuesday, seeking to extend their streak of 34 games unbeaten.
- Riyad Mahrez (Algeria – Group E)
Côte d’Ivoire are the latest team to make their CAN 2022 debut in a match against Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday. Man united Eric Bailly is part of the team, but Amad Diallo is not.
- Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast – Group E)
Mali and Moussa Djenépo kick off their participation in CAN 2022 on Wednesday.
Mohammed salsu did not join Ghana, and his compatriots were not happy.
- Moussa Djenepo (Mali – Group F)
Morocco started their participation in CAN 2022 with a relentless 1-0 victory over Ghana. Adam masina played the 90 minutes left-back and club-mate Imran Louza started and went 78 minutes in midfield.
Goalie Maduka Okoye and defender Guillaume Troost-Ekong will look to help Nigeria get off to a good start against Egypt and Mohamed Salah.
Pierre Etebo will not be with Nigeria due to injury, while Ismaila Sarr was not released in Senegal after a controversial club-against-country fight.
- Imran Louza (Morocco – Group C)
- Adam Masina (Morocco – Group C)
- Maduka Okoye (Nigeria – Group D)
- William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria – Group D)
After a solid first half of the season with West Ham, Said Benrahma hopes his form will continue in the CAN with Algeria, starting with the opener against Sierra Leone.
- Said Benrahma (Algeria – Group E)
Romain Saiss captain of Morocco in their 1-0 victory over Ghana. Friend Defender of Wolves Willy Boly hopes to replicate the result with Côte d’Ivoire on Wednesday.
- Willy Boly (Ivory Coast – Group E)
- Romain Saiss (Morocco – Group C)