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Ex-Nigeria Star Lists Six Contenders For Afcon title

Former Nigeria star Emmanuel Amuneke has listed six contenders for this year's Africa Cup of Nations title.

Click through the gallery above to see Amuneke's favourites for Afcon.

The Africa Cup of Nations gets underway in Yaounde, Cameroon on Sunday evening despite all the reports claiming the tournament could be moved.

Amuneke, who won the tournament in 1994, says it's difficult to pick an ouright contender but says defending champions Algeria are still seen as favourites.

“Algeria is the reigning champions, and they are the favourites,” Amuneke told CAF.com.

“Senegal is a very strong team, so are the hosts Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

“It will be very difficult to predict who will win the title because we have so many great teams here. There are big changes in African football, players with a global dimension, it is promising.

“In Europe today, African footballers play the leading roles in their clubs and evolve in the top clubs in the world. That must be reflected in this competition.”

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