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Albion duo set for Africa Cup of Nations tournament

The AFCON logo next to images of Grady Diangana and Semi Ajayi in home Albion shirts

Albion pair Semi Ajayi and Grady Diangana have been selected for Africa Cup of Nations duty by their countries.

Defender Ajayi has been named in Nigeria’s squad, while winger Diangana has received a call-up from DR Congo.

The prestigious continental tournament is being held in Ivory Coast and will run from Saturday, January 13 until Sunday, February 11.

Both players will jet off to meet up with their international teams ahead of Albion’s Emirates FA Cup third-round tie against Aldershot Town at The Hawthorns on Sunday, January 13 (ko 2pm).

A total of 24 countries will fight for the title, with Ajayi’s Super Eagles coming up against Equatorial Guinea on Sunday, January 14 (ko 2pm UK time), hosts Ivory Coast on Thursday, January 18 (ko 5pm UK time) and Guinea-Bissau on Monday, January 22 (ko 5pm UK time) in Group A.

Diangana’s Les Léopards are in Group F and will face Zambia on Wednesday, January 17 (ko 8pm UK time), Morocco on Sunday, January 21 (ko 2pm UK time) and Tanzania on Wednesday, January 24 (ko 8pm UK time).

There are six groups of four teams, with the top two and the four best-ranked third-placed nations advancing to the knockout stages.

Senegal are the holders having beaten Egypt on penalties in the final two years ago.

Everyone at West Bromwich Albion wishses both Semi and Grady the very best of luck.

  • Ajayi
  • Diangana