Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Badu said on Monday that it is too early to consider Ghana to be the favourite for the African title, despite the elimination of African heavyweights Egypt, Cameroon and Nigeria.
"It is too early to start saying we will win, that we are favourites. A lot of things can happen between now and January next year when the competition begins," Emmanuel Badu told KickOff magazine.
"The fact that so many big names are not there won't make it any easier. We will have to work very, very hard for it," the Udinese midfielder added.
Ghana were qualified for the 2012 African Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea after a 2-0 win over Sudan to lead group I with 16 points.
African Cup of Nations runners up, the Black Stars are looking for the African title to end the country’s 30-year wait.
Badu, who played in the squad which lost the last edition’s final to Egypt, expressed his happiness that he had retained his regular place in the national team’s squad.
"I am delighted to be playing regularly for Ghana," he said. "It is a huge honour, especially when you consider the quality of midfielders we have in our side."