AFCON 2022 could be postponed or cancelled all together according to the Express in what could end up being a very big boost for West Ham.
The Hammers are all set to lose Said Benrahma after the New Year with the Algerian a dead-cert to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.
AFCON 2022 was originally supposed to take place in the summer of this year but was postponed due to unfavourable climatic conditions and then because of the effects of Covid-19.
As things stand, the tournament scheduled to take place from January 9th to February 6th will ago ahead as planned.
The Confederation of African Football Executive Committee have confirmed they will continue to make checks on Cameroon in the next few weeks, however, following a series of issues that ‘require urgent attention’ (the Express).
Football journalist Eduardo Hagn also highlighted how legal problems could thwart the competition:
AFCON 2022 rumours music to West Ham fans’ ears
So whilst the tournament still may go ahead, there is a chance that it will be cancelled or postponed again.
That is great news for David Moyes and the Hammers.
Said Benrahma has been a key player for West Ham this season.
In fact, it could now be argued that he is now one of the most important players Moyes has at his disposal at the London Stadium.
The thought of losing the 26-year-old for around a month is a really worrying one.
West Ham have Premier League games against Leeds, Manchester United and Watford as well as an FA Cup third round clash to come during th scheduled dates for AFCON 2022.
Obviously not having Benny available for those matches will put us at a disadvantage.
So let’s hope that the rumours are true and AFCON is postponed or cancelled.
On the other hand, however, if the tournament does go ahead, it will give someone else a real chance to come in and stake his claim for a first-team place. Someone like Nikola Vlasic perhaps?