Confederation of African Football CAF has rejected Al Ahly’s please for the readjustments of the 2022 AFCON calendar.
Ahly who are the current African Champions League winner and also have a considerable number of players in the Egyptian squad feel they will be deprived of their best players when they take on the rest of the world in the coming year.
Al Ahly are set to participate in the 2021 Club World Cup, their second under Pitso Mosimane, from 3 February 2022 to the 12th, in the United Arab Emirates and had requested that the 2021 African Cup of Nations which Kicks Off on January 9th be pushed forward.
If Egypt, Mali, and Morocco reach the knockout stages of AFCON, Al Ahly will have to compete in the Club World Cup without these key players.
According to Egyptian publication Ahram, CAF rejected the appeal and announced that the kick-off date for the Africa Cup of Nations remains 9 January.
It is a reprive for Liverpool and a chunk of Premier League teams who have players in the African Cup of Nations as they were going to be deprived of their best players.