The players get paid a lot of money to play Club football now and it seems that every January we seem to have to lose a lot of players not just from our club but others to. I came from Australia and we are an extremely small fish in Football terms but even we play our domestic football in line with the rest of the world. We have even moved from our original Oceania Zone to Asia so we could become more competative and of course to make it more convenient for Australia as well.
The Asian Nations Cup was just held recently and that was in the off season. I think you will find that the Asian National Teams fair a lot better than the African ones in the World Cups. I really think this needs to be looked at! We will be missing four players from an already small squad. Two of them in Joey Yobo and Yakuba are definite first-team walk-up starts. Maybe Pienaar will be also cemented by then as well so this is really cause for concern.
There is too much International Football and don't get me started on the friendlies. Just as the season gets going its either qualifying or an International Friendly break about 3 weeks into a season which all of us have been waiting for with anticiaption since May. It sucks!
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1 Posted 13/09/2007 at 07:19:12
that takes place during the season then the number of Internationals would drastically reduce.
The ludicrous idea to play the African Nations Cup during the European season is a farce and FIFA should address the many concerns that clubs such as ours have. Imagine a worse case scenario.Yobo, Yak, Vic all come back with long term injuries which results in us failing to qualify for Europe next season. It could cost us millions yet these Mickey Mouse FA’s continue to hold tournaments during our season.
2 Posted 13/09/2007 at 08:55:09
I am no weather expert but I presume Africa is very hot all year round but the temperature in January must be at its coolest to play football.
I have been to Dubai in Jan its 22C in June 42C only footballers and Wags are daft enough to go their in the summer.
3 Posted 13/09/2007 at 08:58:49
4 Posted 13/09/2007 at 10:23:28
5 Posted 13/09/2007 at 11:15:51
Since Ghana is only a few degrees north of the equator, the only seasonal changes are distinct wet and dry seasons. The best time to visit is during the December-February dry season, when day temperatures are in the 80s-90s F/27-36 C and nights in the 70s F/18-26 C
6 Posted 13/09/2007 at 12:39:23
There are too many end-of-season international tournaments already. As an example, Tim Cahill is knackered - he hasn’t had a free summer break for about 5 years. Whilst i’ll be disappointed to see us lose our African players in the new year, I’ll be pleased when we come to the start of next season and they’re all a lot fresher than their European counterparts who’ve playing in the Euro Championships during the hottest time of the year.
Australia haven’t been more competative since they moved to the Asian ’zone’. Didn’t they get dumped out of a championship early on when they were favourites to win it?
As for Asian countries
doing better in world cups well, thats a matter of perspective really. No Asian or African nation have ever got as far as a sem-final. Japan did well in 2002 if I remember - but that was on home soil. I think Cameroon did OK in 1990. Apart from that, I cant think of any others.
7 Posted 13/09/2007 at 14:50:30
8 Posted 13/09/2007 at 20:45:43
9 Posted 13/09/2007 at 20:54:27
We should be on our knees thanking the African countries for providing such gifted footballers. In return I think it’s only fair that these players represent their countries whenever they want to.
10 Posted 14/09/2007 at 01:41:00
11 Posted 14/09/2007 at 03:19:13
So if you put your left foot on one side of the equator, and the right on the other, would you feel the difference?
On the ANC, it is unfortunate that we will lose these players. However as all leagues have players from all over the world, it is impossible to keep everybody happy. We have survived without these players before, and no doubt we will survive again. As has already been pointed out, the club knows these risks before signing the players. You just have to live with it. Roll on Ukraine! 20p a pint, get in....
12 Posted 14/09/2007 at 10:06:57
13 Posted 14/09/2007 at 12:27:52
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