AFCON 2015: Algeria coach says there are no favourites in Group C

Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff says Group C remains wide open with all countries having an equal chance of advancing to the knockout stage.

The Dessert Foxes will play South Africa in their opener before engaging Senegal and Ghana in the Group of Death after Wednesday’s draw for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Gourcuff, who took charge after the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, is ready for the challenge ahead.

“I think that there was no tough group, it is a fairly balanced group where all teams have a chance,” the Frenchman said.

“We knew that if we want to do something in this tournament, it would mean eliminating good teams.

“South Africa I do not know very well but still a good team and a great value of African football.

“Ghana were not succeeded in his World Cup, but a strong team that is full of good people. Ghana remains one of the favorites of the competition.

“Senegal, meanwhile, has regained a competitive team his last years, and returned to the front of the continental stage. For me, no team is favorite in this group because all the games are difficult.”

Algeria last won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1990 as hosts beating Nigeria in the final.

Draw in full:

Group A: Equatorial Guinea, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Congo

Group B: Zambia, Tunisia, Cape Verde, DR Congo

Group C: Ghana, Algeria, South Africa, Senegal

Group D: Ivory Coast, Mali, Cameroon, Guinea