All eyes on Cote d’Ivoire as AFCON Favourites set sights on trophy

As the CAF Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Cote d’Ivoire today (Saturday), the stage is set for Africa’s heavyweights to showcase their star power as the battle to be crowned kings of the continent begins.

Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah heads a cast of household names like Saido Mane, Victor Osimhen, Riyad Mahrez and Mohammed Kudus and at the 24-team tournament.

Salah is hungry to finally get his hands on the trophy after twice finishing runner-up with Egypt, but this could be the most open TotalEnergies CAF AFCON in years.

Defending champions Senegal boast an array of talents such as striker Sadio Mane, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and defender Kalidou Koulibaly as they bid to retain their crown.

However, coach Aliou Cisse is taking nothing for granted: “I believe this Nations Cup will be the toughest to win,” he said.

Morocco, Africa’s top ranked side after their historic World Cup semi-final run, loom as serious contenders to add to their 1976 title.

Nigeria will be aiming to win the country’s fourth continental crown.


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