The Wednesday defender will captain his nation in the Equatorial Guinea.
For many the African Cup of Nations only affects the Premier League teams in England. In the past the best players in Africa only played in the Premier League. But with the Championship constantly improving, it is not just Premier League teams who are losing players in the new year.
Indeed, Sheffield Wednesday have just been informed they will be without a defensive option for much of January into February.
Defender Kamil Zayatte has been included in the Guinea squad for the upcoming competition in Equatorial Guinea. The competition, which faced doubt due to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, runs from the 17th January to the 8th February, although even the most ambitious of Guinea fan would not expect their nation to be at the competition until the end.
The Sheffield Wednesday man has almost 50 caps for his country and has previously featured for the National Elephants at the 2012 competition as captain and was also present at the 2008 finals in Ghana.
However Sheffield Wednesday will simply wish him luck. Zayatte has not been a regular at Hillsborough this season so Owls fans will just hope he can do his country proud.