Former Arsenal Striker Benik Afobe Pulls Out Of AFCON 2017 To Focus On Bournemouth (Read)
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January 3, 2017 ( Post 1 )
Bournemouth striker, Benik Afobe, has turned down the chance to represent DR Congo at this month’s African Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon.
The former England U-21 player, switched allegiance to the African nation in March last year, but is yet to make his senior international debut.
“For the last couple of months I have been talking to my family and thinking about what is best for my development,” Afobe told Bournemouth’s official website.
“I have a lot of respect for everyone at DR Congo: the staff there, the players and fans. “It’s a massive tournament for everyone, but thinking about my development and being at this stage in my career where I’m trying to establish myself in my first full Premier League season, I just want to keep improving.
“I have a great opportunity here now and I think by going away and missing six or seven weeks it could hamper my season personally and for the team.” Afobe was unable to make his DR Congo debut in November 2016, after the Football Association sent his registration to the wrong country, neighbouring Congo.
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