Former Nigeria international Taribo West says he will not put his money on the Super Eagles winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt .
In an reports gathered, the former Auxerre and Inter Milan strong man insisted that based on his assessment of some of the countries going to the tournament , it would be difficult to place his bet on the Eagles claiming a fourth African title in Egypt .
The Eagles face debutants Madagascar , Burundi and Guinea in Group B of the tournament with Nigerians opening their campaign against Burundi in Alexandria on June 22 .
“It ’ s going to be a difficult Nations Cup , one that will spring lots of surprises.
When it comes to the group stage , I see Nigeria qualifying with ease , the country has a good team but I can ’ t vouch for them winning the Africa Cup of Nations, ” Taribo stated .
“ It’ s possible to win the Nations Cup but there are no more minnows in football .
Countries like Madagascar , Tanzania, and Burundi will always want to prove a point because if you watch their qualifying series , you will see that you have to up your game to beat any team . ”
Hosts Egypt will be hoping to win the tournament on home soil after failing to clinch the trophy at the 2017 edition in Gabon , where they lost to Cameroon in the final .
And Taribo believes that the Egyptians ’ over – reliance on their star man Mohammed Salah might hurt them at home .
He said , “The advantage for Egypt is that they are playing at home , so they will have a lot of support and encouragement.
“ Secondly, Salah is currently one of the best players in the world .
He has been consistent for some years now especially since moving to the English Premier League .
“I think Egypt will depend on him too much and his skills and creativity will come to play in helping them progress but in all, they are beatable .
I think they are going to do well , but I don’ t see them winning the trophy on home soil. ”