Sunday 14th July, most European teams have already started pre-season some are even starting their pre-season tours. The women's world cup, the Copa America and the euro under 21s, have all been completed. Yet here we are, 3 weeks before the season opener begins and we are still at the semi final stage of the Africa Cup of nations. It just seems ridiculous that it's been permitted to carry on this long. Its a pain in the arse tournament and no doubt it will take quite a long time for most clubs African players to rest and get back to season starting fitness and sharpness.