CAN 2012: Michael Essien wants Ghana-Ivory Coast final

Michael Essien

Michael Essien expects Ghana and Ivory Coast in the grand finale of the 2012 Nations Cup slated for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Ghana would be without the Chelsea midfielder who is just returning from a knee injury.

Essien says Ghana’s mix of youth and experience would prove decisive in the Black Stars campaign which begins with a Group D meeting with Botswana on January 24.

“The favourites will no doubt be Cote D’ Ivoire and Ghana, in my opinion, and possibly the surprise packages will be Mali or Senegal,” Essien wrote in his latest blog.

“Ivory Coast probably have the best squad at the tournament and they don’t need any introduction. They have some of the top players in African football and will be a match for any team. The spine of their team includes the likes of Drogba, the Toure brothers, Didier Zokora and Kalou. And let’s not forget Gervinho who is doing very well at Arsenal and will be a handful for any defence.

“They always look strong on paper and although they have not won a tournament for a while and in actual fact haven’t made the final in any recent tournament, it is difficult to see past them. If they can get their squad to click and play as they do in the various European Leagues for their clubs, then I can see them at least making the final.

“Then there is my beloved Ghana who were runners up two years ago and I have no doubt will be up there again this year. I can see us playing Ivory Coast in the final if our paths do not cross earlier. Unfortunately I am unable to be there and as a matter of fact the team was at the last African Cup and World Cup without me so there is nothing new there.

“The Ghanaian team is full of experienced tournament players mixed with hungry young players and that is a very good combination for this year’s African Cup. There is Captain John Mensah, Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Sulley Muntari among many other players.”

He said “this team knows how to play at tournaments and nearly made the semi-final at the last World Cup. It is a proper unit and play for the nation and that’s why I fancy them to make the final and probably win it.”

Source: GNA

  1. Avoryi sherry says

    With the life ayew brothers,inkoom,bedu,daniel o &jolnatha m they will lift up e cup remeber u 20

  2. maame mansa says

    i wish u could play with the ghana squad i really like u essien

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