Ghana versus DRC; Mali faces Niger today and Ivory Coast plays Togo on Tuesday


The 29th Africa Cup of Nations final is already rolling as of yesterday, with the second day group two matches taking place today.
Four-time champions, and one of the tournament’s favourites, Ghana opens the group two match today encountering former African champions Democratic Republic Congo. The former African player of the year, Asamoah Gyan, leading the strike force Ghana, is favoured to go through the knockout stage. Famous for their ball-playing style and known as the Black stars of Africa, Ghana travels to South Africa with only seven home-based players. Its national side in decline since the civil war, DRC is the black sheep of the group likely to return home early. The other match today is between Mali and Niger, with Mali the result likely in favor of. Although, the only one along with Cape Verde to have never won the title among the 16 nations that are participating, Mali has a strong foreign-based national squad ready to make history in South Africa.  Niger, for the second time in the cup final is said to have few professional players in its squad. The death group opening match takes place on Tuesday, featuring hot favourites Cote D’Ivoire, also known as perennial under-achievers, facing Togo which is spearheaded by prodigal son Emmanuel Adebayor. Known as The Elephants, Cote D’Ivoire is the only side with all its players based abroad and ready to retire taking home the title for the second time in its history. 34 year old Didier Drogba, 26 year old African player of the year Yaya Toure and his brother Colo, Arsenal-based Jervinho, Zokora and the likes are out there in South Africa to take home with the title after consecutively finishing runner-ups in their previous to ventures.