French clubs have unanimously voted to block African players from traveling for any international games outside of Europe.
The decision was arrived at on Wednesday during a meeting between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs, with safety in respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This will come as bad news for African countries, with the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers set to continue during the two-week period.
A statement on Wednesday read;
“At the initiative of the presidents of the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 colleges, a consultation was carried out on Wednesday, March 17 with all club presidents concerning players outside France A team likely to participate in a match outside of France, the EU/EEA zone during the next international period in March,”
“In the absence of a ‘septaine’ exemption for foreign international players made available to their national team and in view of the response times imposed by international regulations, the clubs of Ligue 1 Uber Eats and Ligue 2 BKT have decided to unanimously this Wednesday, March 17, apply the Fifa circular of February 5, 2021, taking into account the many travel restrictions in the world.
“In this context, the clubs will not make available for selection the foreign players summoned for matches outside the EU/EEA zone during the next international period in March.”
This means that Nantes forward Moses Simon won’t play any part in the Super Eagles’ next two games against Benin Republic and Lesotho.