Ex-Black Stars Captain Stephen Appiah insists AFCON timing change incentive for European clubs to sign African footballers

Published on: 05 August 2017

Former Ghana Captain Stephen Appiah says the change in the timing of the Africa Cup of Nations from January/February to June/July is a big motivation for European club’s to sign African footballers.

The confederations of African Football confirmed last month the changes in the Nations cup timing starting from Cameroon 2019.

Appiah stated the inconvenience playing the Africa Cup of nations in January has caused many players and the fact that some clubs are driven away from signing African footballers because the biennial tournament.

“I think the big European clubs are now going to buy a lot of players from Africa because the players will be around from January to June or July,” he said on GHOne’s the Legends show.

“They are going to buy players they can enjoy from January until June not like in the past.

Clubs Like Manchester United signed Eric Djemba Djemba and just some few players mainly due to this ,” Stephen Appiah revealed.

Appiah played 64 times for the national team scoring 12 times and was the first player to lead the Black Stars to the FIFA world cup in 2006.