Egypt win AFCON whenever they host it, says El-Hadji Diouf
Former Liverpool forward El-Hadji Diouf has tipped hosts Egypt as potential 2019 AFCON winners, saying “It’s in the history of the tournament.”
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will take place in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July 2019, with 24 teams taking part in the competition for the first ever time.
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A number of African powerhouses are set to take part in the competition, including Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Algeria, and hosts Egypt.
However, El-Hadji Diouf believes the Pharaohs are the favourites to win the title, saying whenever they host the tournament, they win it.
The 38-year-old was part of the Senegal team that reached the 2006 AFCON semi-finals, before getting knocked out by then-hosts Egypt, who went on to lift their fifth title.
“Talking about the AFCON in Egypt, there are so many good teams that will be at the Nations Cup. Nigeria can win it just like any other country. It will be difficult with 24 teams playing time around,” Diouf told All Nigeria Soccer.
“I cannot say this team or that team will win this tournament but we know that whenever Egypt hosts the AFCON, they win it.
“It’s just in the history of the tournament, they may win or not win but honestly the team that will win the AFCON must be mentally strong because there are so many good teams this year. It will be difficult,” he stressed.
Egypt has hosted the tournament four times before, winning the title three times in 1959, 1986, and 2006, while finishing third in the 1974 version, which Zaire (DR Congo now) won.
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