Former Ghana and Chelsea ace Michael Essien has named the Black Stars among the favourites to win the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations,and tipped hosts Egypt and Nigeria as other serious challengers.
James Kwesi Appiah’s outfit, four-time champions, will be seeking to lift their first title since 1982 at the June 21 – July 19 tournament.
“That [question on the favourites] is a difficult one because there are so many good teams these days – it’s very difficult to choose the eventual winner,” Essien told Goal.
“Then Ghana and the West Africans like Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon are all strong teams, so the winner could come from there. It’s too close to call, so may the best side win.”
The former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder also shared what he feels could end the Black Stars’ trophy drought.
“We need good and hungry players, good management and a bit of luck to win titles in football and I have no doubt the team will be doing everything to win it,” he said.
“It won’t be easy because there are so many strong teams in Africa who will be looking to win it, so it’s going to be a big battle. I am sure the guys will be ready and we will find out in due course.”