Chelsea and Manchester City will lose key men in 2013 after dramatic Afcon qualifiers

Mikel And Meireles

Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle United, QPR, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, Southampton, West Ham, Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic, Southampton, Liverpool and Chelsea will likely have to make do without players who travel to the African Nations in South Africa next year as Senegal vs Ivory Coast is abandoned after crowd rioting in Dakar.

It looks as if Newcastle United will have to do without Cheick Tiote for a period of next season after the Senegal v Ivory Coast game in Dakar was abandoned after rioting erupted in the stadium. Ivory Coast were leading 2-0, 6-2 on aggregate, with around a quarter of an hour left to play when fans at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium began starting fires and rioting. Missiles were being thrown from the stands and the flags of both countries were being pulled down.

It is assumed that Senegal will be refused a re-match considering the home fans instigated the original rioting. Didier Drogba had scored the goals for his nation, but Newcastle fans will be pleased that Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba will likely not be attending the tournament.

Manchester City however will likely be without both Kolo and Yaya Toure and Arsenal, West Ham and Wigan Athletic will also have to make do without Gervinho, Guy Demel and Arouna Kone respectively.

Premier League clubs with Moroccan interest will however have to make do without their players after The Atlas Lions completed a magnificent comeback to defeat Mozambique. 2-0 down from the first leg and leading 1-0 on the night they grabbed three late goals to triumph 4-2 on aggregate. It means Aston Villa will have to do without Karim El Ahmadi while potentially Liverpool and QPR will have to make do without Oussama Assaidi and Adel Taarabt respectively. Maraoune Chamakh may also go with the team, but Arsenal fans will not be too concerned considering his current lowly status in the first-team.

Chelsea will have to make do without John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses, and Everton possibly Victor Anichebe, after the Super Eagles spanked Liberia 6-1 to qualify and most of the nights results were not in the best interests of Premier League sides as Mali and Zambia also qualified which will see West Ham’s Modipo Maiga and QPR’s Samba Diakite travel to South Africa along with Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka of Zambia.

Tunisia and Ghana also qualified and Premier League interest in today’s action will follow the fortunes of Cameroon who attempt to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Cape Verde. Tottenham's Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Norwich City’s Sebastian Bassong and QPR’s Stephane M’Bia are all Cameroon internationals, however they are currently out of favour with the Indomitable Lions while Wrexham fans will not want to see their first-choice stopper Joslain Mayebi travel to South Africa next year.

Emmanuel Adebayor scored for Togo in their 2-1 win over Gabon, meaning Tottenham will have to do without him this time around.

What are your thoughts on the Afcon qualifying action?

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