Reigning African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Toure, has weighed in on the 2015 African Cup of Nations draw that will be staged in Equatorial Guinea.
Ivory Coast has been drawn in group D alongside Cameroon, Guinea and Mali to serve up entertaining group matches.
Yaya acknowledged the fact that there is a paradigm shift in power when it comes to African football and shared his thoughts on their chances on the tournament in an interview with supersport.com.
“This Afcon is going to be one of those competitions where all the teams go without any assurance of a win.”
“There is no small team in Africa anymore. As for us we have challenging teams in our group who are used to the competition. We are going to this Afcon with a group of young talented players who hopefully will learn to be winners better sooner than later.”
He also took time to thank Equatorial Guinea for hosting the tournament following Morocco’s decision to withdraw due to ebola.
Yaya is part of an initiative dubbed ‘Africa United’ campaign that aims to fight ebola that has plagued the continent this year on and off the pitch.
“We all should give our best to thank the hosting country for the effort they made by accepting to host the competition in such short notice. We young Africans are thankfull for that.”
The Ivorian skipper is set to feature in his sixth African Cup of Nations since he made his international debut in 2004.
By: Gary Al-Smith/Citifmonline.com/Ghana');