Democratic Republic of Congo’s elimination to Congo Brazzaville in the first qualifying round of the African Nations Championship saw the defending champions, and two-time winners miss out on the tournament in Morocco, opening the door to a plethora of contenders to slug it out for their title.
Hosts Morocco may not have the best pedigree in the tournament, heck they were eliminated in the Group stage of the biennial competition two years ago in Rwanda, yet it’ll be naïve not to include the hosts as one of the favorites this time around. No host nation has ever won the competition, however, so the Atlas Lions have their work cut out in trying to make history. They face 2016 semi-finalists Guinea, Sudan and Mauritania in Group A.
Nigeria may have made the last three tournaments, but the competition continues to elude them. The home-based Eagles will be out to do better than their 2014 showing (which still remains their best performance in the competition) when they ended third. Salisu Yusuf’s side also have to do better than two years ago when they failed to make it to the knockout rounds. They face favourites Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea in Group C.
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