Premier League stars who have been called up for the African Cup of Nations 2022
By Mudeet Arora
The start of the new year means the beginning of the African Cup of Nations in the footballing world.
The tournament in 2022 is scheduled to take place between January 9 and February 6 in Cameroon.
You can find all you need to know, AFCON fixtures, dates and their time in India HERE.
The arrival of the African Cup of Nations brings with it a major headache to European football managers, who have to manage their teams with some key players missing due to the tournament.
Here's a list of players with their respective Premier League club names who will be traveling for the African Cup of Nations in January.
List of Premier League players who will play in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2022:
Sadio Mane (Senegal/Liverpool)
Edouard Mendy (Senegal/Chelsea)
Ismaila Sarr (Senegal/Watford)
Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal/Crystal Palace)
Nampalys Mendy (Senegal/Leicester City)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria/Manchester City)
Said Benrahma (Algeria/West Ham United)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool)
Naby Keita (Guinea/Liverpool)
Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast/Manchester United)
Willy Boly (Ivory Coast/Wolves)
Maxwel Cornet (Ivory Coast/Burnley)
Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast/Crystal Palace)
Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast/Arsenal)
William Troost Ekong (Nigeria/Watford)
Emmanuel Dennis (Nigeria/Watford)
Wilfried Ndidi (Nigeria/Leicester City)
Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria/Leicester City)
Alex Iwobi (Nigeria/Everton)
Frank Onyeka (Nigeria/Brentford)
Adam Masina (Morocco/Watford)
Roman Saiss (Morocco/Wolves)
Yves Bissouma (Mali/Brighton)
Moussa Djenepo (Mali/Southampton)
Summary of Premier League players by countries playing at the AFCON
Algeria: Said Benrahma, Riyad Mahrez
Guinea: Naby Keita
Ivory Coast: Eric Bailly, Willy Boly, Maxwel Cornet, Wilfried Zaha, Nicolas Pepe.
Mali: Yves Bissouma, Moussa Djenepo
Nigeria: William Troost Ekong, Wilfred Ndidi, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, Emmanuel Dennis, Kelechi Iheanacho
Senegal: Edouard Mendy, Cheikhou Kouyate, Nampalys Mendy, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr