Vogts calls for change
Berti Vogts wants to see the African Cup of Nations moved to the summer and in line with the rest of the footballing calendar.
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 04/12/07 2:27pm
Nigerian coach Berti Vogts wants to see the African Cup of Nations moved to the summer and in line with the rest of the footballing calendar.
The ACN takes place in Ghana in January and February next year - much to the chagrin of many of Europe's clubs who lose their African players for over a month in the middle of their season.
Many, including the continent's best players, are calling on the tournament to be moved so it is in line with the competitions such as the European Championship and the Copa America.
Vogts said: "I hope the talk of change is true but I don't know.
"Why do we play in January? All of the boys with the big contracts with the clubs, they have to think of the clubs.
"The big clubs like the clubs in England have to think of their futures and they don't sign African players and that is not helpful for Africa in the future.
"I hope that they can move it to end May or the first week of June. That is very fair for the clubs."