The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to request that Morocco and the Ivory Coast allow his two strikers, Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh to join up with their respective squads later than the appointed time.
He is hoping for special dispensation to keep them both with Arsenal to play in the FA Cup match against Leeds. Wenger said: “The competition starts on the 21st of January,”
“They have normally, legally, to turn up 14 days before, that means the 7th. We will ask for delays for both of them, at least until the Leeds game on the 9th.
“Hopefully we can get an arrangement for that. They will miss the first two days of the preparation but on the other hand they are both fit to start the competition. Hopefully we can get an agreement.”
These arguments turn up every two years, and sometimes the individual countries give permission and some don’t. Isn’t it about time they had a set rule or perhaps it’s too much to ask for them to move the African Nations Cup to the summer?