Morocco legendÂ Mustapha Hadji has warned 2012 Africa Cup of Nations favourites Ivory Coast and Ghana not underrate the unfancied sides in next monthâ€™s tournament.Â
The two west African powerhouses are regarded as the overwhelming favourites for the tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Although the former striker shares similar opinion, he is also making room for a few surprises.
"Obviously Ghana and Cote dâ€™Ivoire start as favourites considering they have several quality players in their team," he toldÂ MTNFootball.com.
"However the smaller teams can cause many surprises because they are not under pressure to perform unlike Ghana and Cote dâ€™Ivoire.
"And a team performs better at tournaments when they are relaxed."
The Africa Cup of Nations starts on 21 January and ends on 12 February.