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Ayew shows class



Abedi Pele is backing the Black Stars to win the African Cup of Nations which begins on Saturday in South Africa, but has warned against complacency.

The former captain of the side has seen both his sons sidelined from this year's showpiece for various reasons, but he remains behind the effort.

Ghana have beaten Egypt and Tunisia in pre-tournament friendlies, but the legendary left footed player believes expectations should be managed.

"We should be careful and attach a lot of seriousness to the matches and with the talents in camp, I am sure they will make an impact," he told Metro TV in Accra, Ghana's capital.

The history of the country in the Afcon means the Stars will, again, be among the favorites to lift the ultimate on February 10 in Soccer City.

"Ghana have always been one of the strongest in the Afcon so I believe that Ghana is always going to play that seniority role in the Afcon," Abedi Pele told Metro TV.

He went on: "The coach has done his homework, and the technical men have made their choices. They have won a couple of friendly matches and have given the country a lot of hope and confidence so we are keeping our fingers crossed hoping it goes well for them."

Having won the competition when he was a mere teenager, Abedi Ayew knows how hard it can be to go all the way, however. "Football on the continent is not easy these days, the fact that Cameroon and Egypt didn’t qualify tells a lot."

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