The Sun Dream Team – The African Cup of Nations affect on your team


The African Cup of Nations “ACON” will affect Sun Dream Team managers more than perhaps in any other format.  Here’s  some of the better scoring players to avoid.

Firstly lets put ACON in context with the Sun Dream Team transfer windows.  The 2nd Sun Dream Team transfer window closes on the 20th of October.  Here’s the details from the 3rd transfer window (plus the 4th for info) from the site:

The third Transfer Window will open at 09:00.00 GMT Monday 28 January 2013 and close at 11:59.59 GMT on Saturday 02 February 2013 or 15 minutes prior to the first kick-off if earlier with transfers scoring starting with Eligible Matches after this time.
The fourth and last Transfer Window will open at 09:00.00 GMT Tuesday 19 March 2013 and close at 11:59.59 GMT on Saturday 30 March 2013 or 15 minutes prior to the first kick-off if earlier with transfers scoring starting with Eligible Matches after this time.

The ACON kicks off in South Africa on the 19 January and concludes with the final on February 10.  That’s 3 weeks although some players will return before the final.  However that doesn’t take in to account any time that players are released before this  and the effect of any FA Cup games during that time.  That could extend some players to miss at least 4 games.  Under FIFA laws the clubs have to let players leave 14 days before.  It is possible you could transfer them out after the 28th but is that really how you want to use your transfer when limited to 12 all season?

Heres the teams that have qualified from the BBC web site:

2013 Nations Cup line-up

  • South Africa (qualify as hosts)
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cape Verde
  • DR Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Ivory Coast
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Zambia
Here’s some of the more popular players that will be affected by order of points scored in the Sun Dream Team:
Gervinho – Arsenal and the Ivory coast
Ya Ya Toure – Man City and Ivory Coast
Kone – Wigan and Ivory Coast
Anichebe – Everton and Nigeria
Mulumbu – WBA and Congo
Moses – Chelsea and Nigeria
Obi Mikel – Chelsea and Nigeria
Maiga – West Ham and Mali
Demel – West Ham and Ivory Coast
Taarabt – QPR and Morroco
El Ahmadi – Villa and Morocco
Ameobi – Newcastle and Nigeria
This is not an exhastive list but everyone who has scored over 10 points.  A couple of notable additions are
Adebayor – Spurs and Togo
Odemwingie – WBA and Nigeria
The most notable players NOT going are Demba Ba and Pappa Cisse of Senegal and also BAE of Cameroon
Personally it will take some persuading for me to put any of the above players in my team and i would urge anyone to think carefully before doing so