Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon and Egypt have been tipped to upstage defending champions Algeria in this edition of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
The 24 teams are gearing up to put on quite the spectacle for viewers. 2019 winners Algeria will be looking to defend their crown, and teams with in-form talismen, like Egypt, will look to solidify their dominance with their 8th trophy (the most titles in competition history).
Senegal: Heading into the tournament, the Lions of Teranga have arguably the most talented squad. Senegal’s priority in this tournament should be along the lines of giving it their all to bring home the nation’s first AFCON trophy.
With their four wins in six games during the AFCON qualifiers, the Senegalese players have built a culture of winning. Senegal was placed in Group B with Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Guinea and Aliou Cisse’s men are statistically poised to win the group with relative ease.
Les Lions’ crop of players includes some of the finest Premier League stars like Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy. These superstars alongside names such as Kalidou Koulibaly, Keita Balde, Idrissa Gueye and Ismaila Sarr have the ability to change their fortune from the runner-up finish in 2019 to winners in 2022.
Egypt national team’s pedigree in the African Cup of Nations is the best out of all the participants. Having won the competition a record-breaking 7 times, an 8th looks likely for the Pharaohs.
Although the journey to lifting the trophy is full of a major group stage obstacle in the form of Nigeria, finishing top place could prove difficult but qualification for the knockouts is statistically guaranteed with Guinea-Bissau and Sudan being the other teams to make up group D.
This team has arguably one of the most in-form players in football right now in 29-year old Mohamed Salah. The phenomenal forward has notched 23 goals and 9 assists in just 26 appearances for English outfit Liverpool.
With head coach Carlos Queiroz’s tactical ability and Mohamed Salah’s attacking flair and leadership, the team looks ready to take the Cameroonian capital by storm and make themselves winners of the 2022 African Cup of Nations.