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Having been drawn in a generous-looking group, Al Hain-Cole thinks Les Elephants will take some stopping as they look to retain their title
Having ended their 23-year wait for an Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Equatorial Guinea last time out, Ivory Coast are once again the team to beat when the tournament kicks off in Gabon this week.
That long-awaited success was a second in history for Les Elephants, who are rightful
Even without retired brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure, Michel Dussuyer’s star-studded team should prove too strong for a group that includes a DR Congo
In contrast, Group B is looking far more difficult to predict as is brings together three of the continent’s top five seeded teams in Senegal
With current African Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez starring in a squad that also boasts talents such as Islam Slimani, Yacine Brahimi and Faouzi Ghoulam, the Fennecs would certainly see their
The same can be said for a Senegalese team spearheaded by Liverpool’s in-form Sadio Mane, although a poor recent record in this competition suggests head coach Aliou Cisse has his work cut out to claim a first trophy in the nation’s history.
Drawn in a fairly open group alongside Burkina Faso
With 11 titles between them, giants Egypt