Football on African continent has improved rapidly over the years and now has several impressive national teams to offer.
African Nations Cup has become one of the most respected tournament on the football map and is now gaining more followers each year.
2015 African Nations Cup (ANC) will be the 30th edition of this tournament.
It was scheduled to take place in Morocco, but the South-West African nation rejected to host the tournament due to the Ebola crisis in this part of the continent so it was moved to Equatorial Guinea.
2013 edition of the tournament was won by Nigeria, which defeated a surprise-package Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final. Nigeria therefore won its third tournament.
African teams managed to impress on several levels at the 2014 World cup, as several teams managed to make in the next round. Algeria and Nigeria reached the knockout stages, but the European opponents were too much for the African teams.
Exactly Algeria is the number one favorite to win the title in 2015. After reaching the knockout stages for the first time, Algerian team was defeated by later champions Germany, only after extra time 2-1. I
In the meantime, their manager Vahid Halilhodzic left the post and was succeeded by Christian Gourcuff. Halilhodzic left a great basis to the current team and put them on the football map again, so this might be a great chance for them to capitalize with a title.
In the group against Ghana, South Africa and Senegal it will be extremely difficult for them, but if they overcome this challenge they are definitely up for big things.
Cameroon is only a shadow of their team in most recent years, with players like Samuel Eto’o no longer part of the national team. This is a perfect moment for them to go through the overhaul, but that is exactly what makes them special at the 2015 AFC Cup.
Cameroon didn’t win the AFC Cup of Nations since 2002, but this might be their year. A poor performance at the 2014 World cup did not rock their stand, as the Stephene Mbia’s captained side is now easily a huge favorite.
In the group stages, they will need to go pass Ivory Coast, Mali and Guinea in order to reach the last 16.
It is becoming kind of cheesy, but Ivory Coast is still being considered as one of the strongest teams in the African continent.
Ever since several of the Ivory Coast’s players made great transfers in England and Spain, the Elephants failed to make any significant results in both World cup and African Nations Cup.
At the 2015 event, Ivory Coast will be without their talisman Didier Drogba, who retired from national football after the World cup.
Players like Toure brothers, Doumbia, Gervinho and Bony are still world class, but it is still questionable whether they can make it this time. Group with Cameroon, Mali and Guinea is easy passable, but any further advancement is under big question sign.
They have the capacity, but whether they will achieve it, it is really hard to tell.