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African Nations Cup Preview

The AP has a lengthy preview of the African Cup of Nations, which begins this weekend in Ghana. Cameroon and Ivory Coast are the favorites to land the continent's top prize. The 2008 tournament features some of the world's biggest stars, from Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon to Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast. Eto'o, in particular, has been in fantastic form since returning from a four-month injury layoff, having scored six goals in his last seven appearances for Barcelona. Cameroon is in Group C along with Zambia, Sudan and defending champ Egypt.

Ivory Coast is widely considered to have the strongest squad, but it's also in the toughest group. The Elephants boast a frontline featuring Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Solomon Kalou, a midfield containing Yaya Toure of Barcelona, Didier Zokora of Tottenham and Aruna Dindane of Lens, and a defense anchored by Arsenal stalwarts Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue. "Everyone is convinced we will go all the way," captain Drogba told France Football magazine. "But it smells of a trap, because we do not have an easy group."

Ivory Coast is in Group B alongside Nigeria, Mali and Benin. Nigeria boasts Chelsea's Jon Obi Mikel and Everton's Aiyegbeni Yakubu, while Mali has Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute and Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra.

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