It is a battle of the jungle between the Terranga Lions from Senegal and the Desert Foxes of Algeria. There would be a historic milestone on the sidelines; a local coach would be crowned champion whatever the result is. 11 local coaches have won 15 AFCON titles in the previous 31 editions. Nigerian Stephen Keshi was the latest to achieve this feat in 2013. Either Belmadi or Cisse will join this prestigious list come Friday night…….

What we have witnessed in the last five days is the exact reason why there is simply no sport like football; the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations is truly alive and the tournament has just begun. There is possibility of more surprises as the competition progresses. We are down to the last eight nations, these teams and fans can start to dream……..

A total of 27 goals were scored in 12 matches across six groups in Match-Day 1 at the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. It has been a mixed bag of result and performances across board; defending champions Cameroon opened their title defense with a victory while Tunisia, Ghana could only manage draws. Match-Day 2 offers some teams the opportunity to book their place in the Round of 16 if they secure a second victory while others need positive results to stay alive in Egypt……

The line-up of 24 participating teams at Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which is the 32nd edition is complete. The list includes seasoned campaigners – the usual big guns and some minnows who have upped their game. Host Egypt, defending champions Cameroon, Senegal, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana and Nigeria are some of the big guns for this year’s AFCON. The winner of this tournament is likely to emerge from this group.

In 31 editions of Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria has failed to qualify for the continental football showpiece seven times, withdrew from the competition four times, did not enter for qualification twice and was banned from participating in one. The Super Eagles of Nigeria have not failed qualify three times in a row for AFCON […]