The 29th African Cup of Nations starts in South Africa this week on the 19th of January and its already set to be one of the most competitive African Cup Of Nations in recent times.
A lot of teams will be Motivated to win as usual, The Bafana Bafana of South Africa have been promised over 1 million Rand should they win the Trophy. Ghana on the other hand have pulled a major upset by beating the all time favorites Egypt 3 – 0 in a recent friendly, So they might be the team to watch.
Ivory Coast on the other hand, for the past few years have been the “Barcelona” of Africa , blessed with so much talent in their team they have been able to harness and propel themselves into stardom. I believe they scored some of the most splendid eye catching goals at the last cup of nations. With so many of their players playing for the top teams in either Spain of England, They are unarguably one of the favorites to lift the African cup of nations.
As Finalists last year, they lost via a very thrilling penalty shoot out to previously little known Zambia – With Gervinho missing the 17th kick of the game and I’m sure that he would want to undo that mistake so watch out for him.
As for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, i have nothing to say about them. The Word Super should be removed from their name as they haven’t performed spectacularly in recent years. Since the exit of J.J Okocha and Kanu Nwankwo, the Super Eagles team has been inconsistent and sometimes disappointing to say the least. I can vividly remember Yakubu Aiyebgeni’s interesting Open Goal miss at the 2010 South Africa World cup and the way they seemed to play to lose, especially against Greece.
However, the African Cup of Nations is always full of suprises, The Super Eagles of Nigeria drew 1-1 in a friendly against a very good Catalona side who had most of the Barcelona 1st team. So maybe they have finally fixed up and decided to start winning trophies.
On a personal note, i am not happy with the way Osaze Odemwingie was dropped out of the team – The NFA is riddled with politics and im sure that it played a part in his exemption from the team. In recent years, Osaze has been the Carlos Tevez of the Nigerian team – The workaholic, constantly chasing balls down every end of the field – He is on form at West Bromwich fc too so i don’t understand what is going on here at the moment.
Lets just hope the Coach of the Super Eagles can prove himself right this time.
Any comments? Opinions??