England-based midfielder Christian Atsu has spoken about the need for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to reconsider the date for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
The on-loan Newcastle United winger says the January date poses a threat to the Europe-based players who have to leave clubs for close to two month.
Atsu, who was on a rich vein of form with the Championship leaders, has left Rafa Benitez for the tournament.
He must fight to regain his place when he returns and the Chelsea-owned player feels that inconveniences him.
”It is a worry to many players especially the foreign players, it affects us a lot,” he spoke to TV3.
”Most often, you lose your position when you go back to your club because someone will play if you are not around and if the person performs well it means you have to sit on the bench when you come back.
”It is a big worry and I think CAF should do something about it.”
Atsu has been with the Black Stars in Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates since January 2 and he and his team mates will fly to Gabon on January 13 for the tournament which starts a day after.
By: Rahman Osman/citifmonline.com/Ghana