AFC Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe is set to reject a call-up to the DR Congo’s Africa Cup of Nations squad according to a report by the Daily Echo.
Afobe joined the Cherries from Wolverhampton Wanderers for a then club record fee of around £9million in January 2016.
He scored 3 goals in his first 4 appearances for the club, but then struggled to hold down a regular starting place within the Cherries squad.
Instead, Afobe has had to accept a bit part role, ending last season with 4 of his 7 appearances lasting no longer than 45 minutes.
His first 10 Premier League appearances this season all came as a substitute totalling just 174 minutes.
But he made his first start earlier this season against Burnley and found the back of the net for the first time since March.
He has since had a further two starts, scoring his second of the season in the victory over Swansea.
Afobe was named in Democratic Republic of Congo’s provisional squad last week, but the Daily Echo have claimed…
‘Afobe is set to put his club before his adopted country and pull out of DR Congo`s Africa Cup of Nations squad.
Afobe is yet to play for DR Congo, but has recently had his registration swapped from England to DR Congo.
The report adds…
‘DR Congo could ask FIFA to suspend the player at club level for the duration of the tournament.
Would be a big boost and also sensible from him. He hasn’t even made his debut for his country yet so who knows what would happen with them whilst he’s getting more and more minutes with us. Disappear for a month and someone else could take his place and he has to start again.
If he was a fixture in their national team already then I’d say, from a general football perspective, it would be a disappointing decision. However, that isn’t the case here. – Join the conversation here.
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