5 Things to Watch Out for at the African Cup of Nations

This entry was posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012

Gabon/Equatorial Guinea 2012 rolls into action, if not off the tongue. 


1.     The football won’t be very good:

Throughout the 80s and 90s, the football world managed to convince itself that African football was improving. Algeria beat Germany, Cameroon beat Argentina, teams like Senegal reached the Quarter-Finals whilst Pele no less predicted an African World Cup winner by 2010. Well 2010 has been and gone Mr Edson Arantes de Nascimento, and still no African champion. Whisper it quietly – but the continent’s football appears to have plateaued.

2.     The Goalkeepers will be particularly terrible:

And a possible reason for the above, is a notable absence of top African keepers. Last time out we had this and a little bit of this too. Mad and useless.

3.     There will be some bizarre stories:

Not enough matches in the Premier League are won via witchcraft. Luckily, at the ACN, most are, or at least they are if you believe bitter, losing managers. Last time out even saw the awful attack on the Togo bus. One thing is for sure – something will happen off the pitch to shock, amuse or simply bemuse.

4.     Ghana will win:

The convenient thing about the CAN from a betting point of view is that the best team tends to win. Regional giants Egypt have won the last three, with Cameroon dominant prior to that. Neither of those sides have made it this time around, and it is all set up for a Ghana vs Ivory Coast final. Back the Black Stars at 4/1 with Ladbrokes.

5.     Pundits will get confused:

Is it African Cup of Nations or African Nations Cup. Let’s call the whole thing off.

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