By Ameenu Shardow
Ex Ghana international Ibrahim Sunday believes the Black Stars can beat any side at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations but stressed on adequate preparations.
Ghana will be making its latest attempt to end a 31-year trophy drought next year in South Africa.
The Black Stars however need to come out of a group which includes Mali, Niger and Congo DR.
And Sunday recognizes there are no minnows in the modern game, he is confident Ghana can win the title provided it prepares well and gathers enough information on the other competing teams.
â€œIt is not bad (referring to Ghanaâ€™s group), I believe it is a group we can sail through with a little bit of effort and good planning,â€ he told Melody FM.
â€œToday you cannot say a team is cheap. This is the second time consecutively for instance that Niger has qualified for the Nations Cup and therefore will be a force to reckon with.
â€œDR Congo we know are a good side that can play very good football.
â€œMali in the last Nations Cup, we beat them at the group stage and they beat us later and so it is not going to be very easy for us.
â€œThere are so many types of preparations; the coach having his players on time, playing some few friendly matches and also we need to know more about our opponents very well.
â€œNot information about only the favourites but then all the other teams so that we can plan well for the tournament as a whole.
â€œWe need to know everything about all the teams before we go for the tournament.â€
Ghana is in Group B which will be based in Port Elizabeth and opens its group account against Cong DR on January 20 before subsequently taking on Mali and Niger.