Africa Cup of Nations Betting: 10 Vital Statistics


10. The 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off next week. Defending champions Zambia are 2.65 to win Group C, having taken Group A glory in 2012.

9. South Africa host the tournament two and a half years after staging the World Cup. Their sole AFCON victory came in 1996 and the Bafana Bafana are 9.00 to win the tournament again.
 
8. Clear tournament favourites, however, are the Ivory Coast, who beat Senegal over two legs in qualification. The Ivory Coast haven’t won the title in over two decades, yet are just 2.75 to reclaim that crown.
 
7. Cape Verde qualified for the tournament after stunning Cameroon over two legs. They shot up to a record 51st place in the FIFA world rankings after the victory – above Group A rivals South Africa, Angola and Morocco. Now ranked 69th, Cape Verde are 20.00 to win their group.
 
6. Ghana, who have twice won the Africa Cup of Nations, have made the semi-finals in their past three tournaments and the quarters at World Cup 2010. They are 6.00 to win the AFCON this year.
 
5. Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o is the AFCON top goalscorer with 18, but misses out on the 2013 tournament. Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba needs nine goals to surpass that record. His team are 9.00 to beat Togo 3-0 in the opening game.
 
4. Niger have qualified for the group stage for only the second time in their history. They finished bottom of Group C in 2012, but are 12.00 to win Group B this time around.
 
3. No country in the 2013 tournament has ever defended an AFCON title, with only Egypt and Cameroon – who both failed to qualify – achieving that feat. 2012 winners Zambia are 12.50 to retain their title.
 
2. Tunisia haven’t gone past the quarter-final stage since winning the AFCON in 2004. Thy fell in the 2012 quarters to Ghana and are 18.00 to win the tournament this year.
 
1. Mali qualified for the tournament after beating Botswana 7-1 on aggregate. They won the third-place playoff in 2012 – their best finish since losing in the final in 1972. Mali haven’t won the AFCON in seven attempts but are 15.00 to do so this year.

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