Former Liverpool striker, El Hadji Diouf, has backed Senegal to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.
The 33rd edition of the AFCON commences on Sunday evening with 24 teams out for the top prize.
While host nation Cameroon would be eyeing a sixth African diadem, reigning African champions Algeria are aiming to defend the title they won three years ago in Egypt.
But Diouf, a Senegal legend, believes Aliou Cisse’s side is favourite to win the tournament after losing to Algeria in the last edition in 2019.
“My first favourite [to win the 2021 AFCON] is Senegal, who lost last edition final to Algeria, and today we must win,” Diouf told CAF’s official website.
“Anything we do without winning the trophy will be a failure. There are other great teams, and it will be a very tough competition.
“Perhaps, the toughest in recent years and in a country that loves football. It would be a big football party.”
Senegal is in Group B alongside Malawi, Zimbabwe and Guinea.