Man City midfielder Yaya Toure on the Africa Cup of Nations bid with Ivory Coast Jan21 2010 - Manchester City FC

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Our dream double is on, says Yaya Toure

  • 21 January 2012 12:08
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

Yaya and Kolo Toure are lining up their dream double - the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast followed by the Barclays Premier League title with City.

The Blues brothers kick off the international leg of their target against Sudan in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on Sunday and aim to go all the way to the 12 February final in Gabon.

That would rule the dynamic duo out of City service until the Europa League trip to Porto, and Yaya admits he's not comfortable at missing a key chunk of the Blues' season.

The newly-crowned African Footballer of the Year said: 'I do feel a bit guilty. I said to my wife it’s difficult to be away from City right now.

"But if I win the Cup of Nations and then come back and win the League it will be the most amazing season for me. And I’m very positive we can do it."

Kolo, who missed the FA Cup Final, said: "It would be great for me and Yaya to lift the trophy in Africa, but it would be even better to win the Premier League as brothers."

Yaya wasn't around the last time City landed the League title in 1968, but he has fond memories of Ivory Coast triumphing over Africa's elite in 1992.

He said: "It was unbelievable. They were a great team and it was such an exciting game. They won on penalties and the hero was Alain Gouamene, the goalkeeper, because he saved two penalties.

"I was only eight years old but I remember it so well. There were big celebrations - the whole country came to a standstill for four days.

So I know how special it will be for everyone if we can win it again

Ivory Coast, who also face Burkina Faso and Angola in group games, are the bookmakers' favourites in the absence of traditional big guns such as Egypt, Cameroon and South Africa.

Apart from Yaya and Kolo, a team that boasts Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Didier Zokora is fancied to go all the way - though City boss Roberto Mancini will have mixed feelings.

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