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Ivory Coast head bookies’ AFCON 2017 odds in open-looking tournament
Holders Ivory Coast have been installed as the bookies’ pre-tournament favourites in the Africa Cup of Nations odds to win the 2017 edition in Gabon, writes Nick. The fact that there are seven further teams at less than 10/1 in the betting suggests the tournament is open.
Ivory Coast finally secured their second Africa Cup of Nations trophy last time out after a number of failed attempts to achieve tangible success with a golden generation of talent. Their penalty shootout victory over Ghana in the final saw the likes of brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure finally win a trophy at international level to add to their club-team hauls.
The Toure brothers no longer form part of the group, but Ivory Coast’s squad for this year’s tournament features a good mix of youth and experience. They are undefeated at full international level since their success in Equatorial Guinea two years ago and are worthy of their status as favourites this time around.
Ghana last won the AFCON back in 1982 but have consistently made good progress in recent years, reaching at least the final four in each of the last five tournaments. It would, however, be fair to say that former Chelsea and Portsmouth coach Avram Grant (pictured) is not the most popular figure with local fans and media, and there doesn’t seem to be much optimism ahead of this year’s competition. They should, though, at least make it out of their group.
Senegal and Algeria both breezed through the qualifying process, with the latter, in particular, scoring a bucket load of goals. They have been drawn together alongside Tunisia and Zimbabwe in a relatively even-looking Group B in which there will be no margin for error. Algeria have changed coach twice since qualifying but if they can get the balance right between attack and defence then they certainly have the talent to be considered viable winners.
There is a strong North African presence at this year’s tournament, with Egypt and Morocco joining Algeria and Tunisia in making up a quarter of the field. Egypt are back after missing the last three tournaments, while Morocco have Cup of Nations specialist Herve Renard, who led Ivory Coast to success last time out and Zambia to glory to 2012, at the helm. Both are capable of a run to the last four if they can scrap their way out of their respective groups.
Gabon would have been down in the third pot of seeds had they not been the hosts and may struggle to progress from an AFCON group which, at least according to CAF’s seeding points, features the hardest combination of opponents any of the first seeds will face. A change of coach a couple of months prior to the tournament was hardly the best preparation and it is difficult to see them going further than the last eight if they do make it out of their group.
Burkina Faso and Cameroon are the two sides who will be hoping to consign the hosts to a early exit. The former disappointed last time out but have an experienced side featuring many of the team who reached the final in 2013. Cameroon have a seasoned back-line and powerful attack but lack someone capable of consistently linking the two together. DR Congo and Mali were both in the second set of seeds but will not have it easy getting out of their respective groups. DR Congo reached the semi-finals in 2015 and scored plenty of goals in qualification but probably lack the necessary defensive smarts to put together a deep run. Mali have a smattering of exciting talent but are not as well-rounded as the team who reached the last four in both 2012 and 2013.
Uganda were finally able to parlay their strong home record into AFCON qualification for the first time since 1978 and are East Africa’s sole representatives in Gabon. But they, like fellow pot-four teams Togo and debutants Guinea-Bissau (available at as long as 250/1 in the Africa Cup of Nations odds to win the tournament with some bookmakers), are unlikely to make it out of their group.