- Salomon Kalou has said that Ivory Coast will win the 2017 AFCON title
- The former Chelsea striker revealed that only his country have the pedigree to win the trophy
- 2017 African Cup of Nations will start on Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Gabon
Erstwhile Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has explained that only his national team Ivory Coast have the quality to win the 2017 African Cup of Nations billed for Gabon.
Although Ivory Coast are in tight Group C as they will face DR Congo, Morocco and Togo, but Salomon Kalou is unperturbed about the threats their opponents will pose when the championship begins.
''We also battled in the previous qualifiers, losing heavily in Cameroon and also failing at home to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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“But by the time we got to the knockout stage of the finals in Equatorial Guinea, we were producing outstanding football and scored three goals each in victories over Algeria and DR Congo.
“The final against Ghana was a tight, tense affair and our experience and calmness shone through in the post-match penalties shootout.
“To win the Cup of Nations you must have plenty of quality in your squad, and we do which makes us favorite for the title,'' Kalou explained
Ivory Coast will open their group stage campaign against Togo on Monday, 16 January 2017 at Stade d'Oyem Oyem.