Your Guide to the African Cup of Nations

The big African Football shindig kicks of this weekend, and as usual we’ll provide a bare minimum, low information, low interest guide.

Despite our poor effort, it is actually a football tournament worth following, as some of the world’s best players fly back for each edition every two years. Since most of the players come from the top leagues it’s worth following instead of complaining about it’s interruption to regular programming in Europe.

Ebola has caused Morocco to give up hosting rights, with Equatorial Guinea picking up the slack.

Here’s the teams playing below…

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SO, WHO SHOULD WIN?

With players like Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony, Gervinho and to a lesser extent Kolo Toure at their disposal Ivory Coast have the biggest group of names at the tournament. But performances at the World Cup prove that the biggest names don’t always lead to biggest prize.

IF THAT’S THE CASE, WHO DO THE GURGLER THINK WILL WIN?

Well first we’ll go through our Group selections:
GROUP A – BURKINA FASO
GROUP B – ZAMBIA
GROUP C – ALGERIA
GROUP D – IVORY COAST
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With the first and second teams going through from each group and latter stages going through to the final in the usual style, we’re predicting an Algeria v Burkina Faso final. With the Algerians taking the big prize.

ANY OTHER BIG NAMES?

– Yousef Mulumbu (WBA) DR CONGO
– Asoamah Gyan (ex Sunderland) GHANA
– Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) DR CONGO
– Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke) SENEGAL
– Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) SENEGAL
– Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) SENEGAL
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DR CONGO and CONGO?

Well we aren’t any great philosopher who knows maps, but here’s the best info we could grab from Wikipedia.

DR CONGO
Full Name: Democratic Republic of Congo
Former Name: Zaire
Location: Central Africa
Population: 77 Million
Former Rulers: Belgium
GDP per Capita: US$416

CONGO
Full name: Republic of Congo
Former Name: French Congo
Location: Western Central Africa
Population: 4.6 Million
Former Rulers: France
GDP per Capita: US$3,400

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Born and raised on the banks of Yebri Creek, Theydon Bois has always been obsessed by sport. A stellar career of Underage B sides, RSL Social Golf, C Grade Warehouse and D Grade Indoor Cricket didn’t showcase much talent, but provided a window into the love for any game, any time. Theydon follows as much as he can and will provide opinion, ideas, and best tips and bets for most sports*. A particular interest in English Football sees Theydon Bois up every Saturday night until 2am with two laptops, smartphones, IPad and a radio feed of Soccer Saturday. A lifelong fan of underperforming, mediocre, disappointing teams will not sway his enthusiasm for sport. *Rugby Union not included.