Group A Africa Cup of Nations 2017 odds
Group A of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations is the group which has at it's start the host country, Gabon, the runner-up of the edition of Africa Cup of Nations held in 2013, Burkina Faso, the 4 times winner (lastly on 2002) Cameroon and the debutante team of Guinea-Bissau. The matches of this group will kick off on 14th of January, while the 2nd and 3rd stages are being held on 18th and 22nd of the same month. All the matches will be played on the Stade de l'Amitié in Libreville, excepting the last match between Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso which is scheduled to be played on the Stade de Franceville, Franceville.
Borussia Dortmund ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helps make hosts Gabon could be a force to be reckoned with at the Africa Cup of Nations. And new coach Jose Antonio Camacho is a Real Madrid legend who won nine La Liga titles and two Uefa Cups in his playing days. The Panthers have never progressed beyond the quarter-finals in the competition but have home advantage this time. Gabon's best players are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Borussia Dortmund's forward who has been Dortmund’s top goalscorer for the past two seasons. He was also Bundesliga player of the Year last term, Didier N’Dong, a midfielder rated now as worthing £13.6million who plays for Sunderland and Juventus' Mario Lemina. Jose Antonio Camacho has been Gabon coach since early December , leaving him under two months to prepare for the tournament.
The team of Burkina Faso is facing several injuries but their coach still look hopeful. Paulo Duarte says he has is not concerned over a number of injuries to key players going into African Nations Cup finals. He has named several players with problems in his preliminary 24-man squad, including Charles Kaboré, Préjuce Nakoulma, Jonathan Pitroipa and Bertrand Traoré. Burkina Faso's most valuable players are Charles Kabore, a defensive midfielder playing for FC Krasnodar and Bertrand Traore, who is currently playing for Ajax (on load from Chelsea). Paulo Jorge Rebelo Duarte is a retired Portuguese central defender and the current coach of Burkina Faso.He went on to manager the club before heading for the Burkina Faso job in 2014 and was in the lead of the team when it placed last at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Seven Cameroon players have said they do not want to go to the African Nations Cup finals, setting them on a collision course with the country's football federation and a possible ban from playing for their clubs while the tournament is on.
Joel Matip of Liverpool is one of the seven who told coach Hugo Broos they are not interested in being selected for the tournament in Gabon. The other six are Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam), Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Nancy), Allan Nyom (West Bromwich Albion), Maxime Poundje (Girondins Bordeaux), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Olympique Marseille) and Ibrahim Amadou (Lille).Cameroon's football federation (Fecafoot) can ask FIFA to suspend the players at club level for the duration of the tournament, which ends on Feb. 6, if they so desire. All those being said, will be hard for the Cameroonian team to get a good place.Cameroon is currently managed by former Belgian defender Hugo Broos and captained by Stephane Mbia, who currently plays for Chinese club Hebei China Fortune FC.
On the other hand, Guinea Bissau main target for this tournament looks to be the avoidance of the last places in the final ranking. The team managed by 68-year-old Baciro Cande do not have any big names in their team, their best players playing for team that are being ranked in the 2nd half of the ranking from countries such as Portugal, Greece and Turkey.