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South African squad announced, Pienaar included

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South Africa is the first African team to announce their African Federation Cup of Nations (AFCON) squad today, and Pienaar is included. Carlos Parreira excluded the controversial Benni, but included Pienaar.

I was really hoping the coach would not include him, cause we really need him here at the club. I would love to see Pienaar play for the national team, but feel the coach could have left all the tried and tested players! I can understand that he's grooming a young team in preparation for 2010, but seems so unfair on club football.

Why can?t CAF play this tournament every four years or during off season! If all these African players playing in the Premier League represents their country, then I can?t see why Man U cannot win the league again. I really feel that we being robbed!
Ricardo  Humphries, Cape Town, RSA     Posted 30/11/2007 at 15:38:33

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David Barks
1   Posted 30/11/2007 at 17:14:38

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Oh relax. Look at how many players Chelsea will lose, Portsmouth will lose, Newcastle will lose Martins, Arsenal will lose a few.
Seamus Murphy
2   Posted 30/11/2007 at 17:31:22

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None will lose more than us David - In any case, Ricardo is right, running this competition in the middle of a season should not be allowed - nevermind the fact that its every two years
David Barks
3   Posted 30/11/2007 at 17:37:23

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Chelsea will lose Drogba, Kalou, Jon Obi Mikel, Michael Essien. Look, I like our players, but Yakubu, Anichebe, and Pienaar are not as good as Drogba, Kalou and Essien. I know Chelsea have a ton of money, but they will deeply miss those players and we will actually have more strikers available in January than they will. Of course we will miss our players as well, but lets try not to make this another one of those Everton are affected worse than anyone stories. The timing of the competition is stupid but we are not the only team that will be significantly affected. In either case, we knew this when we signed those players.
Alan Clarke
4   Posted 30/11/2007 at 18:44:19

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If everyone moans so much about this stupid competition, why do Everton fans keep saying Appiah would be a good signing? Isn’t the lad African?

My hope is that because Vogts is such an awful coach, Nigeria won’t last long in the competition. Yakubu doesn’t get on with him so he’ll have a massive row and be back in our squad for the FA cup game. Anichebe’s mysterious hand injury will rule him out so we’ll actually only miss Yobo and Pienaar.
David Barks
5   Posted 30/11/2007 at 18:49:10

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And South Africa are pretty poor as well, so Pienaar should be back with us fairly quickly as well. As for the reason for calling for Appiah to be signed, he will be around a lot longer than just a month long African tournament.
Matt Philips
6   Posted 01/12/2007 at 08:37:39

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I personally think the player we will miss the most is Yobo. Yakubu, Anichebe and Pienaar are really important to our first team but you could argue that their positions are ably covered by our ever increasing squad - granted another midfielder would be nice though.

Yobo however can only be replaced by Stubbs or possibly Jags. With Stubbs carrying an injury now, I’d suggest that central defence is our main area of conern throughout January.
Nick Entwistle
7   Posted 01/12/2007 at 09:19:54

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The echos of imperialism are rife on this page. Yes, how can a whole footballing authority representing ’the dark continent’ dare upset its white masters by holding a competition during our season! Don’t they know it is the Premier League! Disgrace! Then have the audacity to stage it every two years! A disgrace I say again! They should all follow our rules, and while they’re at it, drink more tea and lay a train track through their stadia.

Perhaps though it is cooler this time of year and those Latin Americans do theirs every two year also, but of course they need to keep in practice in case the Maldina’s enter a team and win for Queen and Country. Maybe that Stan Mathews can play.
However, to be fair, the African tournament should be changed to Summer and that the world cup and Euro champs be changed to winter due to it forcing Russia’s league to be interupted... oh wait they’re not important are they... and neither Africa with their assorted fuzzy wuzzies.
Has anyone got a flag? We could randomly plant it somewhere...

Kind Regards,

Dr Livingstone
Brian Waring
8   Posted 01/12/2007 at 11:47:31

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Nick, even though your a bit over the top, I agree with you. What right have do we to slate this competition?
Phil Baroni
9   Posted 01/12/2007 at 11:46:45

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Nick, most of the best African players play in Western Europe, thats a fact!
ALL Western European leagues will be interupted by this tournament ? even the manager of Nigeria thinks its a joke! it's not racist to want it to be in the summer, you crank!
Max Meindl
10   Posted 01/12/2007 at 12:28:43

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I know what you mean Ricardo I love Bafana but I am a toffee for life and almost wish the coach left him out. And luckily for Blackburn Benny has been left out of the squad.

Good to see a fellow Capetonian Everton supporter. Oppie Bokke
Oliver McAdam
11   Posted 02/12/2007 at 13:24:55

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Its every two years because its essential to the dwindling economy of these countries. But hey, after we robbed (and still rob) these countries dry over the last 500 years, its still no excuse to play a game when we want to play, thats really out of order.

Europe has robbed these players from Africa, made millions in transfer fees, sponsorship and rewards, and now we want to rob them of their tournament.

Besides, Ideally this should be something embraced. One, its a very exiting tournament.

Two, in order to brake the dominance of the top 4 accross europe, and to improve home grown talent internationals should not stop domestic matches. If every time england, spain, france etc played the top 4 lost 10-15 players they would have to ensure their non-international players where good enough, and thus would have to bulk their squad with young talent. This could also prevent the top-4 hoarding all the best players. The smaller teams have less internationals and would make the premier league much more fair, unfortunately this couldnt happen as the fa want a league dominated by 2-3 teams, its worth much more money.

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