Who will win AFCON 2024?

Author: Published: January 8, 2024

Mo Salah defending his country

Who will win AFCON 2024?

From January 13 to February 11, AFCON 2024 is being held in Ivory Coast. It’s one of the most open tournaments held in recent years with a number of countries fancied to become champions of Africa next month. But who might just be the title winners?

This tournament differs from the African Nations Championship in one major way. That competition only includes players who ply their trade in Africa itself. AFCON 2024 allows all those African players who play in non-African countries to take part. That’s not great news for many European clubs but it does give us one of the best football competitions in the world.

Can Senegal Retain their Title?

AFCON was last held in 2021 and on that occasion, Senegal beat Egypt to become the African champions. Retaining the title is not an easy task and has only been achieved by Egypt, Cameroon and Ghana. It’s Egypt who were the last country to do so when winning the title for the third time in a row in 2010.

Senegal are 6/1 co-favorites at bet365 to win a second successive AFCON title. They begin their campaign in Group C alongside Cameroon, Guinea and Gambia.

In the latest FIFA world rankings, Senegal are in 20th position. That makes them the second highest ranked African team behind 13th placed Morocco.

Senegal are bidding to reach the AFCON final for the third successive tournament. They also made it to the final in 2019 when losing to Algeria but went one better three years ago. Their form coming into this tournament is good with only one loss in their last 13 internationals.

They are strong defensively with three consecutive clean sheets being kept. Up front they will be hoping for more goals from Tottenham’s Pape Sarr and Sadio Mane who now plays in Saudi Arabia.

Morocco made it to the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup and are hoping to become African champions for the first time since 1976. That’s their only success and they haven’t reached a final in 20 years.

They are the favorites at William Hill with a price of 11/2. Morocco take on Zambia, DR Congo and Tanzania in the group stages and should comfortably reach the last 16. They have just one loss in their last eight games and that run began with a friendly win over Brazil.

Their last two internationals have both been won to nil. Players to watch out for include Galatasaray forward Hakim Ziyech and Youseff En-Nesyri of Sevilla.

Can the Host Nations Lift the Trophy?

Not since 2006 when Egypt won the title has the host nation become champions. Ivory Coast will be hoping to emulate that feat on February 11.

They have won this competition on two previous occasions with the last win being in 2015. The host nation are currently ranked 49th which makes them the eighth highest ranked African team at present.

Ivory Coast are in Group A and take on Nigeria, Equatorial-Guinea and Guinea-Bissau. A top two finish is totally expected and they are 7/1 at bet365 to win the title.

They are on a six-game unbeaten run at present and have scored 16 goals in their last three internationals.

Max Gradel of Sivasspor is their top scorer and they’ll hope for goals from former Arsenal striker Nicolas Pepe, now at Trabzonspor. With Borussia Dortmunds Sebastien Haller too, they look a strong side up front.

Algeria won this title in 2019 and 7/1 at BetVictor to win in 2024. WIth an 11-game unbeaten run and players such as Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez, this is a team that cannot be ruled out.

Egypt are 9/1 at BetVictor to win the AFCON for the eighth time in their history. They take on Ghana, Cape Verde and Mozambique in Group B. Not since 2010 have they been champions but have lost in two of the last three finals.

Mo Salah has been in good form for Liverpool this season and is 6/1 at William Hill to be top scorer. Egypt are in good form and have to be considered a good bet to win this tournament.

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