Monday, June 18, 2007
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's frustrated by the African Cup of Nations schedule.
Unfortunately, it will cost Chelsea a significant portion of their squad come January, when the Cup of Nations gets underway in Ghana, smack dab in the middle of the English season.
So what does Mourinho do?
Mourinho told English paper News of the World: "We are never happy with the African Cup of Nations in January.
"African players are excellent technically and are natural fighters but when you have a lot of them you have to say stop, no more.
"Losing them can kill your team at a crucial time. If someone asks me do I want more African players, I'd say no."
Chelsea stand to lose Ivorian Didier Drogba, Ghanian superstar Michael Essien as well as Geremi Fotso Njitap of Cameroon, John Obi Mkel of Nigeria and Salomon Kalou, also from the Ivory Coast for up to five weeks.