Nigeria legend Austin Jay Jay Okocha has canvassed for a change in the timing of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Africa’s flagship soccer competition is usually played in the middle of the European season.
Some European clubs will face a number of weeks without their first team regulars.
The timing of the competition has
triggered criticism from some quarters in the past.
Okocha, who won the Nations Cup with Nigeria in 1994 posited that the timing of the biennial tournament can have a big impact on players amid congested calendars.
“They’ve made it so difficult for African players by playing in January or starting the season and winter break very, very early,” Okocha told the BBC World Service.
“If they can move the World Cup to December because of the heat to suit