Bayer Leverkusen’s manager, Xabi Alonso, has expressed his discontent with the scheduling of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. The biennial tournament is set to take place from January 13 to February 11, 2024, in Cote d’Ivoire. The Bundesliga side is expected to be without five key players during this period, including Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella, who are likely to be part of Nigeria’s squad.
Additionally, Leverkusen might miss the contributions of Moroccan forward Amine Adli, Burkina Faso centre-back Edmond Tapsoba, and Ivorian defender Odilon Kossounou. Alonso acknowledged that this is a challenge his team will have to navigate.
“It is a concern for January and February, perhaps not having five players. It is a reality. We have to accept that,” Alonso told Transfermarkt.