Andre Ayew has rated the Black Stras as one of the two pre-tournaments favorites ahead for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations despite admitting that Ghana have been drawn in a very difficult group.

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Ayew was part of the Black Stars team that lost on penalties in the 2015 continental showpiece in Equatorial Guinea and he optimistic they are one of the two nations to win the title in 2017.

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"We are in a difficult group and to be honest we are among the two favourites in the tournament," Ayew said.

"I think every tournament becomes harder and harder.

"We can see that all the teams are becoming stronger, so we need to keep our heads high and be confident and go and do our job."

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