Argentinian coach Hector Cuper, will lead Egypt national side in the African Cup of Nations for the first time in seven years, since the popular uprising of 2011 that saw Egyptian football collapse. With 19 of the 23 players playing for the first time in the tournament including Roma star Mohamed Salah (pictured), the team will look to emulate the side who won three
consecutive titles (in 2006, 2008, and 2011), when they take on Mali in their opening fixture on Tuesday 17, January 2017.
In other news, Ivory coast will turn to Crystal Palace winger, Wilfred Zaha (above) to lead their attack in defense of the AFCON, after losing former Arsenal and Roma striker, Gervinho to a long-term injury. "The absence of Gervinho weighs heavily on us- However, the coaches and players have had some time to accept the fact that he will not be with us in Gabon. The addition of Zaha is, therefore, a wonderful boost. His style is similar to that of Gervinho and we hope he can trouble opposing defenses just as much," said Ivory Coast coach Dussuyer.