Former Elephant of Cote d’Ivoire midfielder Yaya Toure has ignored Nigeria’s Super Eagles and has picked The Djurtus of Guinea Bissau, Atlas Lions of Morocco and Teranga Lions of Senegal as the tournament favourites.
The assistant coach of the Saudi Arabia national team joined the stakeholders and football followers who ignored Nigeria in picking the tournament favourites.
Toure based his prediction on the performance of the team during the qualifier and believes that can propel them to win the trophy.
“It is normal to have a preference for your own country. Ivory Coast has a strong team and many talented and experienced players.
But if I had to choose teams that I think are favourites, I would say Senegal, Morocco, Guinea-Bissau, and South Africa.
Their performance during qualifying was impressive”, he said
Toure was part of the Ivorian side that lifted the cup in 2015 under coach Herve Renard.