African Cup's impact on Premier League

Updated: January 17, 2012, 3:17 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

In some quarters, the Africa Cup of Nations is considered a huge problem for Premier League teams, a key obstacle to progress. Yet the reality is that the competition is irrelevant for the majority of clubs, a minor inconvenience for some and a large hindrance for very few.

Of the 368 players competing at the AFCON, just 13 play in the Premier League. It's an extremely low number, down from 23 for the 2010 tournament. Of those 13, three (Marouane Chamakh, Salomon Kalou and ...

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