Adebayo Adeleye May Miss 2023 AFCON Due To Israel/Palestine War

Adebayo Adeleye admits resemblance with Cameroonian shot-stopper Onana

Hapoel Jerusalem goalkeeper, Adebayo Adeleye may miss out on the 34th edition of African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) due to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas reports.

Adebayo Adeleye Plies his trade in Israel, where he is currently contracted with Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli top flight division. And with the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, football and other sporting activities have been temporarily suspended in the country, thus temporarily leaving footballers and other athletes inactive.

Adebayo Adeleye AFCON dream with the Super Eagles at risk
Super Eagles team at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, Lagos.

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Israeli/Hamas conflict puts Adebayo Adeleye AFCON dream at risk

Adebayo who’s trying to usurp Uzoho as Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, arrived Nigeria’s Portugal Camp days after camping resumed. Sources said, he had to fly out of Israel based on clearance from the country’s aviation as a precautionary measure.

The 23-year-old for as long as the ongoing violent conflict continue, may remain inactive, hence becoming match-rusty and unfit for the continental showpiece in Cote d’Ivoire.

Adebayo Adeleye admits resemblance with Cameroonian shot-stopper Onana
Adebayo Adeleye

In a related development, UEFA has suspended any of its sporting activities going on in Israel. According to UEFA, Israeli club Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel Aviv will have to play home matches on alternative safe venues.

“After a thorough evaluation of the current safety and security situation in the whole territory of Israel, the UEFA executive committee decided that no UEFA competition matches shall be played in Israel until further notice,” a UEFA statement suspending UEFA competitions from taking place in Israel read.

This ruling by UEFA will impact some Israeli teams who are currently competing in Europe’ (Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel Aviv,) Europa League and Europa Conference League respectively.

According to UEFA, the Israeli Football Association and its clubs are urged to chose an alternative safe venues where they can host their home matches.

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“The Israel Football Association and its clubs Maccabi Haifa FC and Maccabi Tel Aviv have been requested to propose alternative venues/stadiums (which must comply with all applicable UEFA regulations) outside the territory of Israel for their home matches to be used for as long as this decision remains in force,” UEFA said.

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