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Drogba snubs Ghana threat, tips Senegal and Morocco at AFCON

Published on: 17 November 2011

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has brushed Ghana aside predicting that Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and Gabon are their main threats for the Africa Cup of  Nations title next year.

The Chelsea striker’s position is a dramatic switch from days before the draw when he predicted that the Black Stars would present a major threat to their title ambitions.

Drogba says Ivory Coast will impress in the African Cup of Nations in January after last year’s short comings.

The African side disappointed fans after being knocked out in the quarter-finals , but Drogba is confident that his nation have the quality in their squad to succeed in the tournament being held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

“We are going to have a lot of fans from Ivory Coastthere but it doesn't really matter where you play because whenever you go to a competition you go to win," he toldChelsea's official website.

“We had a good qualification and this competition is the one all the African countries want to win so this one is going to be tough again.

“There is Senegal, there is Morocco, there is Tunisia, there is Gabonwho are playing at home so they are going to be a good team, and there will always be some surprises," he continued. "Only one will win the cup, I hope we are going to be the country.”

Drogba was part of the side which were defeated in the final of the tournament by Egypt, in 2006, on penalties, and the Ivorian believes the experience of their opponents was key.

“We could have won it because our squad was really good but it is not only about the quality of the squad, and when you play teams like Egypt they had a lot of understanding because they had played together for nine years," he added.

“When we lost to Egypt it was in Egypt and we lost on penalties. We had a great tournament but I hope this season is going to be better than the last African Cup when we went out in the quarter-finals.”


This article has 20 comment(s), give your comment
  • A concerned citizen says:
    November 20, 2011 02:58 pm
    Ha ha ha
  • Phillbanger says:
    November 17, 2011 01:40 pm
    Its all a mind game.we will see in the field.he knows himself that ghana is ni joke..were did they end up at the worldcup
  • Reality says:
    November 17, 2011 01:40 pm
    I think we should understand Mr.Drogba,it is unfortunate that this title was used for this article.We all know that there is no way Drogba could snub Ghana.If he mentions other teams without Ghana we need to know of which group those teams fall.To my understanding he mentioned earlier in one article that they are likely to meet Ghana in final claiming if that happens history will repeat itself,and siting Senegal 92 as an example. I think we Ghanaians need to let him do the talking while we do the action on the pitch.I know with hardworking,prayers and determination Ghana will bring the trophy hone.God bless our home land Ghana,Amen.
  • kwabas says:
    November 17, 2011 01:41 pm
    Everyone has opinion.Drogba is a toothless barking Dog at the moment.Even in his hay days,l cannot recall the same Drogba of chealsea in Ivory Coast shirt. Drogba can snub Ghana's threat but he cannot avoid it.Ghana all the way.
  • Sam says:
    November 17, 2011 01:45 pm
    This is good, I sincerely like it. Oh what a relief!!! It takes all the pressure off our back and place it upon CIV, Senegal etc. Ghana can now focus 100% and strategize to pull the surprise. Drogba is basing his decision on Angola 2009 cheap goals that Ghana conceded. He has also forgotten we played with inexperienced youth at the time. He h forgots that we beat them 4-2 in 2008. I like his statement, we can now relax and focus.
  • [email protected] says:
    November 17, 2011 02:34 pm
    @Sam, I totally agree with you, it takes the pressure of of Ghana and places it on CIV and Senegal. I think Drogba is saying this, because the last time we met, they beat us 3-1. Now this gives Ghana a chance to focus on the pitch, and take the Cup. God Bless Ghana, God Bless Africa
  • true man says:
    November 17, 2011 02:41 pm
    why not because kwesi the gfa boss paid cash for the HOST and win position in ghana,
  • APIETUS says:
    November 17, 2011 02:46 pm
    It's cool Ghana will definitely let Didier Drogba eat up his words
  • A concerned citizen says:
    November 17, 2011 02:54 pm
    If Drogba has become like Goaliath then David will kill him. Ivory Coast are gradually taken off the pressure of Ghana and putting it on themselves by wearing the favorites tag, Drogba should remember that Ghana went to Angola without most of our key players because of injuries. Right now most of our key players are around including a new Goalkeeper Adam so it is going to be a different ball game all together. Black Stars should therefore remain focused and train very hard not to underestimate any team. Basically, they must target them as potential winners so they can lift up their game to overcome their opponents.
  • JnrB says:
    November 17, 2011 03:48 pm
    LOL, we shall definitely retire him from international matches after Black Stars win this tournament. Allow him to speak his mind.
  • Bosco says:
    November 17, 2011 03:49 pm
    If my memory serves me right, Drogba was reported to have admitted that Ghana is the biggest threat to their title aspirations a couple of weeks ago. Now he is singing a different song. I think he is running his mouth just to get attention to himself and the elephants after pundits of the game have named Ghana as the clear favourites in the absence of some other heavyweights. Surely, nobody will be naive and maybe stupid enough to brush aside today,s Black Stars. Ask Germany,Uruguay, Australia,Serbia and USA for testimonies at the mundial and Nigeria and AFCON 2010 host Angola for same at the CAN 2010. The countries Drogba is afraid of themselves will run away at the mention of the Blackstars. Historically, Ghana had always edged out Tunisia and Morocco in nations cup tournaments at least dating back to Senegal'92 and Gabon cannot stand in our way just because they are hosts-ask Angola once again So Mr.Drogba,continue satisying yourself and ignore Ghana at your own peril.
  • Collinto papa says:
    November 17, 2011 04:04 pm
    see who is talking Drogbaaaaaa.. lol Ghana is going to lift the 2012 AFCON trophy.
  • KENNETH says:
    November 17, 2011 04:18 pm
    GSN point of correction""the Ivoiriens lost the final against Egypt in 2006 and not 2009,,,lol.
  • Amy says:
    November 17, 2011 04:31 pm
    Misleading title. He never said "ghana is not among the favorites". Ghanasoccernet just want to have more hits
  • Csiakwan says:
    November 17, 2011 05:11 pm
    Who cares about aduroba or who. All that he does for Chelsea is to fall down.
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  • duodu says:
    November 17, 2011 09:41 pm
    it has always been their problem-underestimating their opponents.It's obvious they haven't learnt their lessons from Egypt and Algeria.
  • Mohammed-germany says:
    November 17, 2011 10:14 pm
    Didier Drogba is no more the Didier Drogba he used to his middle of last year games till now and the previous one see the big difference....he new quit well that,upon all what is happening with Black stars now becouse of this boatengs issued...Black star still remains one of the best team in africa..if not the best......lets wait and see.....hope nothing happens to our team players....injury or so...please let us all join everyway prayers that things go on well....the players.we ghanaians and ghana itsself .....allahumma amen.....
  • Mojahadine says:
    November 18, 2011 12:51 am
    Who cares what he things. He is has been with this team for more than a decade, they are always the team to beat but when the tournaments come around, they fizzle like worms. They are the same team, the same players and the result will be the same at AFCON just as in the last WC. They will not amount to anything.
  • kwame naagbewa says:
    November 18, 2011 01:48 am