Shun African Cup Of Nations - Allardyce Advises ZahaNewly appointed Crystal Palace manager, Sam Allardyce wants Wilfried Zaha to shun the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and concentrate on helping the London based club to avoid relegation this season.
After switching his allegiance to Côte d’Ivoire, Zaha has been included in their provisional squad for the January 2017 tournament.
He was born in Abidjan but moved to south London with his family when he was just four years old.
Allardyce who was recently fired as England boss but only got Palace job few weeks ago after the club sacked Alan Pardew wants to forward to remain with the club as relegation battle heats up.
If he chooses to play in the Afcon, Zaha will be away from Crystal Palace for close to five weeks and Allardyce thinks it will be a blow to the club who are 17th in the Premier League table just two points off the relegation zone.
Côte d’Ivoire kick off their 2017 Afcon campaign with their first Group C game against Togo on Monday, January 16.
If Côte d’Ivoire get to the final, Zaha is expected to miss crucial league games against West Ham, Everton, Bournemouth and Sunderland.