With the African Cup of Nations set to commence on the 17th of January in Equatorial Guinea, the 16 participating nations have announced their 23-man squads ahead of the tournament. Here's an a look at each squad, and the players that have been selected to represent their countries at this year's tournament:
This year saw the end to the relationship of Ashley Cole and all time leading goal scorer Frank Lampard. Cole joined in 2006 from fierce rivals Arsenal, he was a loyal servant to the blues till 2014 when his contract expired which allowed him to join Italian giants AS Roma.
The Special One has returned and requested the services of his young striker who could potentially become a Chelsea legend. Providing Chelsea don’t go out and spend £50 million a new a striker this transfer window then there is no reason why Romelu Lukaku cannot cement a place in Chelsea’s starting eleven and lead the line for Belgium at the World Cup in Brazil next year.
Di Matteo and Kenny Dalglish walked out into the Wembley spotlight today both having won the FA Cup in their playing careers with the clubs that they know manage . Di Matteo won the cup in 1998 and Dalglish in 1986. The Scot also won the competition in 1989 during
Chelsea thrashed Tottenham 5-1 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley to meet Liverpool in the final. However it was a game steeped in controversy as Chelsea’s second goal, a turning point in the game, clearly didn’t cross the line.
The Blues managed to secure three points after a piece magnificent skill by Didier Drogba. However Chelsea were far from their best and should have scored more. Stoke played 65 minutes of the match with 10 men after Ricardo Fuller was sent off for stamping on Branislav Ivanović.