Group C has been dubbed the “Group of Death” but Group B can hardly boast having escaped a similar moniker. Tunisia, Cape Verde and Zambia are all top 10-ranked sides on the continent and the Democratic Republic of Congo are never to be written off at the Africa Cup of Nations. Tunisia arrive in Equatorial Guinea as genuine contenders for the title.
The Eagles of Carthage dominated their qualifying group to finish ahead of North African rivals Egypt and a rejuvenated Senegal side. The Tunisians have the potential to go far in this AFCON and possibly even all the way. Cape Verde were the surprise package of 2013 when they reached the quarter-finals.
The tiny island nation are no longer the unknowns but that did not mean that Zambia, Mozambique or Niger had any answer to the Blue Sharks tactics in qualifying. The 2015 tournament could be another successful outing for these men. Zambia were the champions in 2012 but group stage losers in 2013.
What a difference a year makes. Chipolopolo have not been handed a kind draw in Equatorial Guinea and are likely to be battling Cape Verde for a quarter-final spot. A warning to the southern Africans; it was the Blue Sharks that finished ahead of them in qualifying for the tournament. The Democratic Republic of Congo were the powerhouses of the continent in the late 1960s and early-mid 1970s.
A lot has changed since then, including a name change; they were known as Zaire in those days. The DRC were the best third-placed side in qualifying but that should not imply weakness as finishing behind Cameroon and the Ivory Coast hardly indicates lack of strength.