African Cup of Nations is the main tournament of the national teams of the continent, held under the auspices of the African Football Confederation. The first tournament was held in 1957 in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. The tournament in South Africa, the 29th in a row, will be held from January 19 to February 10, 2013, with 16 teams taking part in it (the teams are divided into 4 groups). The final will be held on February 10 at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg (the arena can hold 94,700 spectators at the same time). Most of all, the African Nations Cup was hosted by Ghana – 4 times (1963, 1978, 2000 with Nigeria, 2008). Ethiopia and Egypt served as host countries of the competition three times.
The most award-winning team of the Cup of African Nations is Egypt, which won the main trophy 7 times. In the assets of Ghana and Cameroon – 4 victories, in total, teams of 14 countries raised this cup over their heads. The last winner is Zambia (2012). The biggest losers of the tournament are Ghana and Nigeria, which lost 4 times in the final. The best scorer of the final parts of the Cup of African Nations is the famous Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto’o, who scored 18 goals against his opponents. Laurent Poku from Ivory Coast scored 14 times, and Rashidi Yekini (Nigeria) – 13.
Football fever: what to expect from African football?
CAF Champions League is always distinguished by some interesting and unusual events. The last two African Nations Cup races were presented by two unexpected finalists – the national teams of Zambia and Burkina Faso, and in 2012 the Zambians, led by Herve Renard, managed to win the tournament. At the African Cup 2015, for example, God himself ordered sensations to happen: the current winner – the Nigerian national team – failed to qualify for the tournament, and the Egyptians, champions in the number of victories at CAN, did not do that either. The favorites of the competition were the strongest teams of the continent – Ghana and Algeria, as well as – traditionally – the teams of Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon, and the irony of fate is that each of these pairs came together face to face at the group stage. Accordingly, the probability of the departure of one or two of the applicants for gold after the group stage was great, and in the quarter finals of Group C and D, where four favorites play, were crossed.
About how Equatorial Guinea once became the owner of the African Cup, you can write a whole brochure. Unfortunately, the organizational chaos was caused by Ebola fever – because of it (according to the official, in any case, version) Morocco refused to hold the tournament. As a result, Equatorial Guinean President Theodore Obiang volunteered to independently organize a tournament in a country with a population of 700,000 people, whose team dropped out of the qualification even after the first round. Of course, Equatorial Guinea has neither logistics, nor opportunities to provide accommodation for the army of fans, which is expected at the tournament, so chaos and confusion will continue during the African Cup. Equatorial Guinea on paper is one of the richest countries in Africa (thanks to oil production), but in reality, the gap between the elite and the rest of the population is monstrous: the majority of state residents cannot afford tickets for the tournament matches. Most of the inhabitants of the state will not be able to afford tickets for the tournament matches.
The names of Mali and Guinea are not very popular, but the Mali team, for example, is the most stable team of the cup. Both times, the “eagles” took bronze medals and did so thanks to the coordinated work and the long established basis of the team. Henrik Kasperchak doesn’t have any surprises (unless he was surprised by the lack of Bordeaux striker Sheika Diabate in the final bid), because the Malians always look very played, unlike the lame Cameroonian stars. As for the national team of Guinea, the team sometimes has not even doubly, and is triple difficult – together with them there once was a strong qualifying group (Ghana, Togo, Uganda), the inability to hold home games in their own country and the trouble that shook Africa – Ebola fever, caused great damage to the country. One of the leaders of the “Elephants of the Nation” Ibrahima Traore confessed that the team really wanted to give Guinea joy at that very difficult moment. Despite all the viruses, football disease is the main diagnosis of Africa.
African Nations Championship will be held in the summer not in the winter from 2023
The FIFA Council, held in Africa, has adopted changes to the format of the African Nations Cup. In the future, the tournament will be held in the summer, not in the winter. The first such will be the tournament in 2023. It will be held in June-July, the host country – Guinea (for the first time). The closest CAS will be held in January in Cameroon. The African Cup of Nations has been held since 1957, the leader in the number of titles is Egypt (seven wins).
Four African Cup players who will be bought for big money
- Marvelus Nakamba. Another native of Nancy, whom the French took in 2012 from the modest Bantu Rovers, failed to gain a foothold in France. Nakamba for two years was sent to gain experience in the second team, after which the central midfielder decided to leave the club. In Vitesse, they did not look at the mistakes of the young guy, starting to play him in the reference zone. Nakamba went to the Dutch club with a free transfer, but it was at Vitesse that he began to open up. In style, he recalls N’Golo Kant. Not possessing serious dimensions (player’s height is only 177 cm), Nakamba bites into rivals, managing to stand out even in the attacking Dutch football. Marvelus got a good shot, and last season he became the best player in the Dutch league in the number of perfect selections (4.2 per game in average). If the Zimbabwe national team succeeds in making a sensation in the African Cup, then Nakamba will definitely take part in it, having gained more value for himself.
- Rami Bensebaini. At such a young age, Bensebaini can play on almost all positions in defense, as well as go out in the support zone. Interestingly, the player was brought up in Algerian football. The local club “Parade” for several years held on to his talent, filling him with a price. At 18, Rami could end up in Arsenal. He was also interested in Porto, but then the transition did not take place. He went to Belgium, where he played for the modest “Liege”. In France, the Algerian picked up “Montpellier”, but it was all just a lease.
- Jordan Icoko. Ikoko is a footballer capable of closing both flank defenses. Jordan began his career at PSG, but due to the invasion of legionnaires and Asian money, he failed to break into the main squad. Life made to fly over the clubs of League 2, until the player picked up the “Guingamp”. “I want to say thank you to PSG.” This is the club that brought me up,” said Jordan. In Guingame, at that moment, they discussed his experience of playing in the second division, in case of failure, hoping to give Ikoko to another team.
- Youssef Ait Benasser. Over the years spent in Ligue 2, the French “Nancy” revealed the talent of several players at once. Defender Lengle, who had grown to the captain’s armband, had already set off for Sevilla in the winter. Youssef Benassera club sold in “Monaco” in the summer, having received 3 million euros and a player’s annual rent. “Monaco” is a club that makes you dreams real,” Benasser himself shared his impressions, waiting for the chance of his entire career.
Football: peculiarities of bettings on Africa Cup
The African Cup is a tournament in which African teams play the title of the strongest team in the continent. It is organized once every 2 years and has been held since 1957. Earlier, the rally fell on even years, but starting from 2013, it began to pass on odd ones. Such a change made it possible to separate the World Cup and the African Cup in different years in order to attract more spectators to the tournament, who preferred the world championship. The tournament takes place in the winter, at the beginning of the year, and lasts about a month. European teams have to let go of African football players in the high season, because the European Championships do not take a break because of the African Cup. The most titled teams:
- Egypt – 7 cups;
- Cameroon – 5 cups;
- Ghana – 4 cups;
- Nigeria – 2 cups.
The Cup has an intricate qualification structure. In the two starting qualifying rounds, the weakest teams fly out. At the final stage, 16 teams are identified that will go to the final of the African Cup. In the final stage, 16 countries play the title of champion. First, they are divided into 4 groups, of which the first two positions fall into the quarterfinal. Fights for bronze awards have been held since 1962. Playoffs play one match. If the winner is not identified, the game goes into extra time, and then, if the result is tied, the penalty shoot-outs are fought.
Features bets on the African Cup
- Sensations in the tournament are often encountered, so there will be no space quotes for outsiders here. Almost any team in the final stage is able to win the favorite in a separate meeting. Crushing fights rarely happen.
- The tournament is not famous for high performance. In the penultimate draw of 24 games, only 5 fights ended in TB (2.5) and one in TB (3.5). There was no defeat in any match.
- If in the final stage the composition of the participants is even and they score a little, then in the games for departure, the teams demonstrate a more open and productive game. Here it is advisable to analyze events on the possibility of the passage of the upper total.
- The weak spot of the majority of national teams is a low-skilled mentor. Even with the selection of star performers, the team plays as if its players barely know each other. Almost always, teams with a good coach, with the highest level specialist’s handwriting, achieve high results. When analyzing, pay special attention to the team mentor, since his role is very significant.
- For qualifying fights should be put with increased caution. Sometimes the facts of the agreement come up, so it is better to delay and bet on the final stage.
- In Africa, there are many principled confrontations in which teams are motivated to a positive result. First of all, these are the derby:
- DR Congo – Congo;
- Algeria – Tunisia (North African Derby);
- Côte d’Ivoire – Guinea (ivory derby).
- The compositions of several African teams are very strong even by European standards. Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Algeria are mainly the main contenders for winning the Cup.
- After Egypt’s supremacy at zero (3 triumphs in a row), the tournament twice presented surprises in the form of unexpected winners. If the national team of Nigeria is in the second echelon, whose representatives can sometimes shoot, then the triumph of the national team of Zambia is a real sensation, comparable to the victory of the Greeks at Euro 2004.
- In 2015, Côte d’Ivoire will defeat Ghana on penalties. In 2017, the trophy took Cameroon, the winner of Egypt (2: 1).
Summing up about the bets on the African Cup
In terms of teams and organization of the tournament, the African Cup is not enough for the European Championship and Copa America. Despite this, some confrontations cause genuine interest throughout the world. There are more and more high-class players in the tournament with every draw. The lag from the European Championship and other cups is gradually eliminated.