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, Posted 30/11/2007 at 15:38:33
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1 Posted 30/11/2007 at 17:14:38
2 Posted 30/11/2007 at 17:31:22
3 Posted 30/11/2007 at 17:37:23
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.
4 Posted 30/11/2007 at 18:44:19
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.
5 Posted 30/11/2007 at 18:49:10
6 Posted 01/12/2007 at 08:37:39
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.
7 Posted 01/12/2007 at 09:19:54
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...
8 Posted 01/12/2007 at 11:47:31
9 Posted 01/12/2007 at 11:46:45
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!
10 Posted 01/12/2007 at 12:28:43
Good to see a fellow Capetonian Everton supporter. Oppie Bokke
11 Posted 02/12/2007 at 13:24:55
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.