Former Nigeria star Amunike: Algeria is closest to winning the African Nations Cup

CAIRO: Former Nigerian national team star Emmanuel Amunike, who won the 1994 African Nations Cup with his country, said the Algerian team is the closest candidate to winning the African championship, which begins on Sunday in Cameroon, adding that this version will be stronger than the previous one that was held in Egypt in 2019, during which he was technical director of the Tanzania national team. Amuniki, who is currently a member of the technical committee for the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon, he said in statements to the official website of the African Football Confederation (CAF) published today, Friday: “I expect it to be better than the previous version which was held in Egypt in 2019, which was the first African Nations Championship with the participation of 24 teams, and this will be the second time “. He added: “We have newcomers like Gambia and Comoros, and this shows that African football is progressing … The African Cup is a tournament that is followed and followed. in all over the world … Therefore, despite the difficulties presented by the Corona pandemic, this tournament must increase. “For the standard international … Africa must show that its main rivals are making great strides. We will discover new stars. I feel very positive. “He explained:” Algeria is the title holder and is the closest to winning the title again … Senegal has a very strong team, as well as the host country Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria. , Morocco and Tunisia … It will be very difficult to predict who will win the title because we have so many great teams here. “He continued:” There are big changes in African football, players with global dimensions and promising talents. African footballers are playing leadership roles in them club and they are growing into the best club of the world. This should reflect on this competition ”. Amunike said: “We would have liked to see Nigerian players like Victor Osimhen doing very well in a very difficult championship in Italy … But the most important thing in life is health, and we pray to God that he recovers his health very quickly … He will play in other tournaments for his country and certainly in the World Cup qualifiers. And he added: “Osimene is a young footballer, but he is part of the present and the future of Nigerian, African and world football. Sad not to see him at the Africa Cup of Nations, but he will be there soon. Despite everything, the selected players are of high quality. Nigeria will boldly defend its chances in this tournament. “(dpa)

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