Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen might yet  miss the  next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) if  recent comments by Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis is anything to go by.

De Laurentiis insisted  he will refuse to sign African players unless a waiver is signed to ensure they do not take part in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Gli Azzurri lost Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who has since joined Premier League side Chelsea, and Cameroon midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa for several matches last season while they competed in the AFCON throughout January and February – a competition Koulibaly won with the Lions of Teranga.

Osimhen, Napoli’s record signing, did not travel to play in AFCON as the club announced that the Covid-19 virus would keep the forward away from action.

“They (African players) must  sign a waiver giving up their right to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations tournaments or between AFCON and the championships in South America,” De Laurentiis told Smart Talk on Wall Street Italia. “I never have them (Napoli players) available.

“We are the idiots who pay salaries only to send them all over the world playing for others.”

He also criticised the fact that clubs were agreeing to more and more games, suggesting a European tournament with the top clubs from the strongest five countries instead of the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

“The world of football cannot self-manage because we do the puppet show for others. If we could play 100 games, it would be a happy ending for everyone and we (clubs) like cretins agree to that.”

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations which is scheduled to be the 34th  edition of the continental showpiece, was recently be postponed by CAF  from June–July 2023 to January 2024 due to weather concerns during summer in Cote d’Ivoire.