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SERIE A SHOCKING! Napoli President promises at absolutely no point ever to sign Africans in the future

Napoli President with two of his biggest African stars Osimhen and Koulibaly.

Napoli President with two of his biggest African stars Osimhen and Koulibaly.

Napoli President with two of his greatest African stars Osimhen and Koulibaly.
Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis has made a stunning commitment never to sign another African player as a result of the AFCON.
De Laurentiis offered the expressed expression at a live-streamed occasion where he promised the club won’t ever from now on sign one more African player with the exception of that player consents to pass on AFCON.

“I love them, but either they sign something confirming they’ll back out of playing the Africa Cup of Nations, or otherwise between that tournament, the World Cup qualifiers in South America, these players are never available!”

It will be recalled that ahead of the AFCON2021, Napoli threatened to take legal actions against African countries that tried to call up their players for the tournament.

Speaking in December, the club lawyer Mattia Grassani said the club will take legal proceedings to ‘protect their players’ amid Osimhen declaring himself fit and available for Nigeria following a career-threatening injury last season.

“Considering the epidemiological situation, there could be legal action, because this tournament (AFCON) takes away valuable resources from the clubs,”

Grassani said last year in reaction to the COVID19 outbreak.

“It is a particular historic moment, so it would be different if we felt 99 per cent confident of the situation. The clubs invested a lot of money for signing players like Victor Osimhen, so if he were to become infected, that’d be tough to deal with.

The Serie A club from Naples have had a couple of African players at the club, including Kalidou Koulibaly, Victor Osimhen and Andre Zambo Anguissa at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.

However, Nigeria’s Osimhen, who missed that tournament in Cameroon earlier this year, and Cameroon’s Anguissa are still at the club.

With both players hoping to feature at the next edition of the AFCON, the statement from the Napoli President is not good news for the duo.

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