Michael Essien: Nigeria amongst favourites to win AFCON
The former Black Stars Captain has tipped the three-time African Champions to be amongst the favourites to win the 2019 African Cup of Nations billed for Egypt later this year.
Ghana, Egypt, and Nigeria are top challengers to win the upcoming AFCON, according to Michael Essien.
Nigeria last won the tournament in 2013, but failed to qualify for the subsequent two editions, while Ghana, who are four-time Champions last won the AFCON in 1982.
Speaking to Goal, Essien, a 58 capped international said: “That is a difficult one because there are so many good teams these days – it’s very difficult to choose the eventual winner
“You cannot rule out the North African teams, especially the host nation Egypt with Mohamed Salah.
“Then Ghana and the West Africans like Nigeria, Senegal, and Cameroon are all strong teams, so the winner could come from there. It’s too close to call, so may the best side win.”
Also, a former Real Madrid defender and now one of the assistant coaches of the Egyptian national team Michel Salgado also tipped the Super Eagles as a favourite to win the AFCON