Sunday, 12 February 2017
There are no clear favourites in Gabon, which will be one of the most open tournaments in recent times, writes Mark Gleeson.
The 20th Africa Cup of Nations looks wide open, as a collection of heavyweight contenders are almost certain to ensure it is a tournament of stature.
But for the first time ever, the Nations Cup will be overshadowed by the next World Cup qualifying campaign, with two rounds of group games in October and November. They will set up much anticipation for the latter part of 2017, turning the Nations Cup into a curtain-raiser for the year.