Super Eagles, Senegal not a threat – Mido Hossam claims Egypt are favourites to win AFCON 2019

Former Egypt striker Ahmed Mido Hossam has boasted Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Teranga Lions of Senegal cannot stop the Pharaohs from winning the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

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Mido was speaking after the Pharaohs were placed in Group A alongside DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in Friday’s draw. Defending champions Cameroon are in Group F with Ghana, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.

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“Egypt are favourites to win the title,” the former striker said. “I don’t say that because I’m Egyptian but really Egypt have a very good team,” said Mido. “Add to that, the fans will support the team very well so I’m optimistic that we will do it,” the former Tottenham player added.

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He argued that the only team that can trouble the hosts are Morocco. “I respect teams like Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal but from what I can see, Morocco is the only team that can be a stumbling block for Egypt.” It is the biggest Afcon yet, with 24 teams, and the first to be held in Europe’s summer rather than January or February.

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Mido missed out on playing in a Nations Cup final on home soil in 2006 after he fell out with the coach earlier in the tournament. The Pharaohs went on to win the trophy and also won the next two editions in 2008 and 2010 to make it seven Nations Cup victories in total, a record number of tournament triumphs.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will take place in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July, meaning Europe-based players including the likes of Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny will not miss club games. The tournament will take place from 21 June to 19 July, meaning Europe-based players will not miss club games. The draw was held next to the pyramids of Giza.

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Mido missed out on playing in a Nations Cup final on home soil in 2006 after he fell out with the coach earlier in the tournament. The Pharaohs went on to win the trophy and also won the next two editions in 2008 and 2010 to make it seven Nations Cup victories in total, a record number of tournament triumphs.

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The first game of the tournament will be Egypt who are likely to have Liverpool star Mohamed Salah in their team – against Zimbabwe on 21 June at Cairo Stadium.