Africa Cup of Nations 2017 odds
The Africa Cup of Nations, GABON 2017 is scheduled to be the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men's football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The event which is one of the most important tournaments that are being held at the beginning of 2017 is scheduled to be played between 14 January – 5 February.
The tournament that initially was going to be held in Libya will be played in Gabon, as Confederation of African Football announced in the second half of 2014.
The qualifying stage of this competition had at it’s start 51 teams that fought for the 15 qualifying spots. The winners of each qualifying group together with the best 2 runners-up joined the host country is the group stage of the competition.
The most important nations that didn’t qualify are the 3 times CAF champions Nigeria and 2012’s winners Zambia. Excepting them, another unexpected missing is represented by the team of South Africa.
The 16 participations teams will be devided into 4 groups with the first 2 of each group qualifying for the knockout stage of the quarterfinals. The host country, Gabon, has automatically been drawn to the position A1.
The main favorite of the tournament looks to be the team of Ivory Coast. With many players that are playing in the biggest championships of Europe, including Premier League, Serie A and Ligue 1, the team coached by Michel Dussuyer will definitely be a contender for the trophy. More than that, this team is also the champion of Africa Cup of Nation 2015 and they will give them best in order to keep their title.
Another team that is going to do some damage in Gabon is the team of Senegal. With the stars Koulibaly, Mohamed Diamé and Sadio Mané and a very grid group, Senegal will be aiming to make forgotten the unfortunate result they had in 2015 when they didn’t even pass the group stage. In the qualifying stage, this team was the only who had 6 wins out of 6 matches, this fact making them one of the most promissing teams at the event of next year.
Also with chances for the trophy is Cameroon team, a formation that has, starting 2016, a Belgian coach that was in the lead of European teams for 20 years, including names such as R.S.C. Anderlecht, Trabzonspor and Club Brugges. The average age of Cameroon’s team is around 26 which could be converted as a good age for their generation to make a good run in Gabon.
Zimbabwe: The Warriors have flattered to receive during recent qualification campaigns, but return to the Nations Cup after seeing off Guinea, Malawi and Swaziland to progress. A forward line containing Khama Billiat, Cuthbert Malajila and Knowledge Musona could certainly make them a fearsome prospect next year.
Another teams that need to be taken into consideration include the national teams of Algeria (the team that had the best attack in the qualifying stage, scoring 25 time), Egypt (the team which left Nigeria’s team at home), Ghana (the 2nd place of CAF 2015) and the hosting team of Gabon.
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