As the 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Ivory Coast on January 13, several selections have announced the absence of some of their biggest stars. Due to injuries, failure to qualify or sporting preferences, some are playing in France and will only be able to watch one of the most anticipated events of the 2023/24 season on their television.
Directly at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, we see the absence of perhaps two of the biggest stars of this championship, striker Pierre Emeric Aubameyang, who has scored 5 goals in Ligue 1 this season, and former colchonero midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia. The two absences were explained by the absence of Gabon and the Central African Republic from the preliminary stages.
We also see a young player named 19-year-old Cameroonian winger François Régis Mughe, who rejected the indomitable lions’ selection to gain playing time at OM due to the departure of Amine Harit and Ismaila Sarr to CAN. A highly controversial decision, it was criticized in particular by former Saint-Etienne star Jean Michel Larqué: “The day we won’t be looking for him… He will be the first one to cry on his mother’s feet!”
? Larqué: “The day we don’t look for him… He will be the first one to cry at his mother’s feet!”
Captain Larqué reacts to François-Régis Mughe’s refusal to join CAN with Cameroon. pic.twitter.com/bczL2suu20
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All other players not in our Championship are attackers or almost, Aboukhlal (TFC, knee injury), Steve Mounié (Stade Brestois, Benin did not qualify), Tilo Kadewere (FC Nantes, Kenya did not qualify). Did not qualify), Akor Adams (Montpellier, not selected by Nigeria), Amine Gouiri (OGC Nice, by default), Youssouf Ndayishimiye (OGC Nice, Burundi did not qualify) and Marshall Munetsi (Stade de Reims, Zimbabwe did not qualify) were the top teams in Ligue 1. He is among the best players not to be in CAN.