Soccer Africa – The Africa Cup Of Nations
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Soccer is big business in Africa. It is, without doubt, the most popular sport in this continent of 1,216 billion people. It provides entertainment – and a sense of national pride for every one of those people. But there is one tournament that offers the excitement and pride that stands head and shoulders above others. The Africa Cup of Nations.
As we are about to bid farewell to 2019, the next Cup of Nations in 2021 draws closer. In June 2021 the tournament will be hosted in Cameroon. It will be the 33rd time The Africa Cup of Nations has been held. Algeria holds the Cup after a successful run in the 2019 tournament – in the Land of the Pharaohs – Egypt.
There will be 24 teams competing. A simple competition format will see the top two teams from four groups go through to the next stage. A lucky third team will also be included. From then on the competition gets serious. One loss and your team run the risk of going home without that coveted trophy.
So who will take home the trophy? Difficult to say. Each African nation has a mixed bag of results. Morocco won in 1976, and Cameroon enjoyed a first success in 1984. The Cameroonians might be worth a flutter. They are hotly favoured to follow up on their success in the 1988 AFCON tournament. Ivory Coast is also another front runner. Egypt should not be written off. With 2006, 2008 and 2010 victories under their belt they are always a force to be reckoned with.
So who might be the shining stars of the tournament? Malawian Gabadinho Mhango who plies his trade at Orlando Pirates in South Africa might be a talent to watch. As far as national teams who have underperformed on the international teams keep an eye of Bafana Bafana from South Africa. They have a reputation as chokers. But things seem to be changing.
If one looks at the rankings, Senegal shines. They are rated as the 20th best team in the world. Tunisia and Nigeria should not be underestimated. Algeria and Morroco cannot be left out of any bet. Nigeria is a powerhouse – they have put loads of money behind their team. The Democratic Republic of Congo also has its fans.
The takeaway is not to underestimate even the minnows of the tournament. This is a pace where any one team could emerge victoriously. You cannot write anyone off. For punters, it is a fascinating clash between nations that have a proud soccer heritage. There are some great international players. Some teams have it all to prove.
When all is said and done countries like Egypt, Ivory Coast and Nigeria will fancy their chances. However perennial underperformers like South Africa are growing in stature. They have talent. Perhaps what they lack is self-belief. For those who want to put their money where their mouth is, apuestas-de-futbol-24.com might be the place to make a bet on which African country will emerge victoriously.