Former Senegalese striker El Hadji Diouf has warned the rest of the continent to be wary of the host Nations ahead of the forthcoming African Cup of Nations.
Egypt replaced Cameroon as the host of the tournament and the former African footballer of the year believes playing the tournament in Egypt could help the Pharaohs extend their lead on the summit of the most successful countries in the competition.
“Talking about the AFCON in Egypt, there are so many good teams that will be at the Nations Cup. Nigeria can win it just like any other country. It will be difficult with 24 teams playing time around.”
“I cannot say this team or that team will win this tournament but we know that whenever Egypt hosts the AFCON, they win it.”
The former Liverpool, however, advised all the teams to be ready for a difficult tournament.
“It’s just in the history of the tournament, they may win or not win but honestly the team that will win the AFCON must be mentally strong because there are so many good teams this year. It will be difficult,”
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will hold between June 21 and July 19, 2019.