Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti critical of AFCON timing

Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti critical of AFCON timing

Napoli coach Luciano Spalleti has joined his President Aurelio Di Laurentiis to criticize the timing of the 2022 African Cup of Nations.


The 2022 Afcon is expected to start on January 9 until February 6 and Napoli will lose top scorer Victor Osimhen and Vice-Captain Kalidou Kolibaly to Nigeria and Senegal respectively.


Napoli have established themselves as major contenders for the Serie A title this season, but Di Laurentiis and Spalleti believe losing two key players to the tournament will weaken the club.


“There is an open battle from Di Laurentiis and I’m on his side. He spent money to pay players and he’s right when he says the national team devastates clubs.” Spalleti told the Italian press.


“We have to manage this season, in one way or the other, there are pitfalls. But we are convinced that having made some calculations and having the possibility to intervene, then we can always leave Napoli equipped. ” He said.


Osimhen has scored seven goals for the Azzurri in the last six matches this season, while Kolibaly is yet to miss a game and scored the winner against Juventus.


Napoli will take their title challenge to Fiorentina this season, where another three points is up for grabs.

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