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Essien on Ghana's previous Afcon disappointments and chances at Egypt 2019

Former Ghana and Chelsea ace Michael Essien has named the Black Stars among the favourites to win the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations,and tipped hosts Egypt and Nigeria as other serious challengers.

James Kwesi Appiah's outfit, four-time champions, will be seeking to lift their first title since 1982 at the June 21 - July 19 tournament.

"That [question on the favourites] is a difficult one because there are so many good teams these days - it's very difficult to choose the eventual winner," Essien told Goal.