Senegalese football legend El Hadji Diouf said that the Moroccan national football team is one of his favorites to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN).
Diouf told Goal that he hopes to put Senegal at the “top” because it is his country.
“I hope they win the title as there are many other good teams -Egypt will be at the forefront with Morocco and Nigeria.”
The former footballer, however, acknowledged that Egypt is “the strongest candidate” in the competition as they will play in their own country, and will be backed by many fans.
“They have very good players led by Mohamed Salah.”
The head coach of the Moroccan national football team, Herve Renard, also shared the same thoughts as Diouf.
Renard said that Egypt and Senegal are his favorites to win the continental competition.
There are two popular favorites: Egypt of course, and Senegal. Morocco, with Algeria, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire, and others, are among the outsiders.”
“To say that we will win is something else. We must not forget that nothing is easy during a CAN. We will face highly motivated teams. We will not be at home and we know that playing away, it is always more complicated,” said Renard.
While Renard said he does not believe that his team will win the competition, the head coach of the Nigerian football team, Gernot Rohr, said that Egypt and Morocco are his favorites.
“According to the last FIFA ranking, Morocco is currently the best in Africa, while Egypt will play at home and enjoy the support of their fans, and for this reason, both teams are the closest to the title,” he said.
CAF’s flagship tournament will be held in June 2019 in Egypt.