Group D Africa Cup of Nations 2017 odds
Who will win the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 – Group D?
Stade de Port-Gentil will be hosting between 17th-25th of January the matches of the Group D of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nation. The 4 times winner Ghana, last edition 10th place and the runners-up of CAF 1972 Mali, the 7 times winner (last in 2010) Egypt and the team who finished 2nd in the last Africa Cup of Nations' edition it was involved, Uganda (back in 1978) will be fighting for the first 2 places which ensures the qualification to the knock-out stage.
West Ham's Andre 'Dede' Ayew believes Ghana are among the favourites for next month's Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. He also admitted that this edition is likely to be "one of the toughest" in the history of the tournament. "We are in a difficult group and to be honest we are among the two favourites in the tournament," Ayew said. The Black Stars look like they can make it all the way to the final again, despite the rigours of a tough group. Avram Grant, their coach, has a recent habit of finishing second but he's pretty good at motivating his teams to be there or thereabouts and expect it to be no different this time. Schalke 04 rising star Bernard Tekpertey, former Hearts of Oak defender Nuru Sulley, Raphael Dwamena, Godsway and Ebenezer Ofori were all present at the pre-tournament official trainings of Ghana's team.
Mali coach Alain Giresse has named a 27-man provisional squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Gabon. The squad will be trimmed down to 23 to meet the 4th January deadline for the submission of the final squad. Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore has not been included in Mali's provisional squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after opting not to commit himself to the West African country. Brothers Sambou and Moustapha Yatabare are in the 27-man squad. Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako is included despite having played only 87 minutes for his club this season. Also on the lists are Adama Traoré (AS Monaco), Moussa Doumbia (Rostov) and Yacouba Sylla (Montpellier).
Egypt coach Hector Cuper has announced a 27-man provisional squad for Africa Cup of Nations. Zamalek striker Bassem Morsi – who has been the main striker in the past two games against Congo and Ghana in the World Cup qualifiers – is a surprise omission from the list. Striker Marwan Mohsen has been called up after recovering from a lengthy injury layoff, having established himself as Ahly's first-choice frontman. Zamalek playmaker Mohamed Ibrahim made the cut after also recovering from a knee injury that has sidelined him since July. Uncapped Masry winger Ahmed Gomaa was a surprise addition to the list. Ahmed Elmohamady will be joining up with his national side Egypt ahead of the African Cup of Nations, but before that Hull City have managed to keep him on board for their clash at West Brom.
Uganda’s national football team, the Cranes, have qualified for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time in nearly 40 years. Many Ugandan football fans hadn’t been born when their team last went to AFCON. It was 1978 and Uganda lost to Ghana in the tournament's final. The cranes – who are named after Uganda’s national bird, the Grey Crowned Crane – are coached by Milutin Sredojevic, a former Serbian player. Sredojevic told that his team had been “a bit neglected” by the Ugandan government, who have not yet recognised the players’ potential. Financial investigators have frozen the accounts of Uganda’s football governing body, a move that may disrupt the country’s preparation for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Uganda is the only country that qualified for Gabon 2017 from the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) region and the Cranes are also still in contention for a place at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.