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Hadji warns AFCON favourites of underdog threat

Published on: 26 December 2011


Morocco legend  Mustapha Hadji has warned 2012 Africa Cup of Nations favourites Ivory Coast and Ghana not underrate the unfancied sides in next month’s tournament. 

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 d’Ivoire start as favourites considering they have several quality players in their team," he told

"However the smaller teams can cause many surprises because they are not under pressure to perform unlike Ghana and Cote d’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.



  • aberico says:
    December 30, 2011 10:42 am
    They have forgotten that the stone which the builders rejected became the chief cornerstone.
  • atiao says:
    December 26, 2011 05:51 pm
    i agree with hadji. in football you underrate your opponents at your own peril!
  • Kwalife says:
    December 26, 2011 04:34 pm
    He is right!