The final stages of the Africa Cup of Nations have started this weekend in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Algeria won their quarter-finals against Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Uganda and Senegal respectively. One more step to take before playing at least the Playoff Tournament. And, at best, to face the French team in the next World Cup in Group A. Which nations are the favorites to win this 2022 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations?
Namibia: the eternal
Namibia, as every year, is the big favorite for this edition of the Tournament. Winner of all editions since 2014, Namibia is in the running to win its ninth African Cup in its history. With their coach Allister Coetzee, former Springboks coach and great Cape Stormers coach, the South African team intends to qualify for the World Cup for the seventh time in its history. In training in the country before the event, the Welwitschias team went into command mode, with the interest of the Nation on its shoulders to defend. The Namibians are on a mission in the south-east of France and have left nothing to chance in this preparation. They managed to repatriate all their staff to the internship country. In itself, it is already an advantage and a luxury to have almost professional players, prepared collectively and with the mission of qualifying.
Zimbabwe: the good surprise?
This is the team in shape right now. Convinced against the Netherlands in a warm-up match, the Zimbabweans won convincingly in Côte d’Ivoire (38-11), although they came with ambitions. A set of throws around his first Marcus Nel overcame Ivorian defense and his commitment. The team coached by Brendon Dawson proved that they had prepared well for the event. However, he will have to improve his conquest, putting him in difficulty in the quarterfinals. Despite this difficulty,The sands“He showed a very good face and will serve as a very good opposition to Namibia.
Kenya: no pressure
The team, coached by Paul Odera, has a contingent of rugby players at 7. Vincent Onyala, Collins Injera and Jacob Ojee have joined the squad for the Qualifying Tournament. Four years ago, theAfrican lions“He had failed in the second leg by finishing fourth and last in the competition behind Germany, Hong Kong and Canada. The goal of achieving this second leg is therefore achievable. Against Uganda in the previous round, the Kenyans relied on their number 9, Samuel Asati., author of a XXL performance and which will be invaluable against Algeria.
Algeria: the rocket
This is the team that has exploded in recent months on the international scene. With an army of players playing in France like the Caminati brothers, Nadir Megdoud, Mathieu Lorée or Yacin Boutemmani “.Puppies “ they have stated their intentions to qualify for the World Cup. Facing France in the group stage at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille is obviously the dream of the team. By the same admission of Bernard Laporte, president of the French rugby federation, and Claude Atcher, director of the World Cup, too. Strong individuals on the field, whose cohesion in the collective game in the last four will have to be judged now. Especially for a game at stake against Kenya. The Algerians took the time to enter their quarter-finals against Senegal and will be keen not to put themselves under pressure this Wednesday.