Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has expressed his unhappiness over seeing four players of his outfit leave for international duty in African amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Jordan Ayew and Jeffrey Schlupp have been handed call-ups to represent Ghana for African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan. Zaha to represent Côte d’Ivoire against Madagascar and Kouyate will play for Senegal against Guinea-Bissau.
In the last international duty, Ayew returned to Palace after representing Ghana and tested positive for Covid-19.
Speaking to the club’s official website following Palace’s 4-1 victory over Leeds United, Roy Hodgson expressed his disappointment seeing his players leave for international duty in Africa.
“I am a little bit disappointed players are going to go as far as Africa to play matches.
“I don’t know that in this COVID world and environment in which we live, it is really great news to be sending your players to places like Sudan and Mauritius.
The veteran manager went on to urge the various national teams to take care of the players.
“But it is something that we probably have to do, but I am just hoping this time the countries that they go and play for will look after them well because the last time we lost Jordan Ayew for two weeks.”
Ghana will play Sudan at the Cape Coast stadium on Thursday, November 12, before travelling to Khartoum to face the Falcons five days later in the reverse fixture.
The Black Stars currently sit first in group C with 6 points after beating South Africa 2-0 and São Tomé and Principe 1-0.