Heat is on for rivals Kolo and Manu
- 08 January 2010 11:13
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor have escaped the big freeze - but City's African Nations Cup combatants will find the heat is on once the tournament kicks off in Angola on Sunday.
Blues skipper Toure's Ivory Coast are not the highest-ranked team in the tournament - Cameroon stand 11th to their 16th in FIFA's official list - yet are widely expected to win the trophy.
While the pressure is on Kolo & Co, they must come through intriguing group B, in the unstable north of the country, that includes Togo, who are looking to Adebayor to out-shoot Didier Drogba.
The teams clash on January 19, the date of City's Carling Cup semi-final derby first leg, and Manu admits: "In Africa people try to make it Adebayor v Drogba, which I can understand.
"Drogba is massive in Ivory Coast and it's the same for me in Togo. I know my country will be asking a lot. We've been waiting years for the chance to play Ivory Coast, now we've got it.
"The pressure is on them, not us. We come to the African Cup of Nations just to enjoy our football, but Ivory Coast have massive pressure on them. They have to win it."
Kolo agrees: "There is pressure, I can tell you. We have a great team and I'm surprised we haven't won anything yet. It can be a big problem for us if we don't go through and win this cup."
The tournament opens with hosts Angola against Mali on Sunday. Toure's Ivory Coast kick off against Burkina Faso on Monday, while Adebayor's Togo tackle Ghana on the same day.
You can watch the first part of Kolo's and Manu's preview press conference here on mcfc.co.uk with part two coming tomorrow.