By ROBINSON KUNDA
GHANA skipper Asamoah Gyan says the Chipolopolo are among the favourites to reach the final of the 2015 Morocco Africa Cup of Nations.
Gyan said Zambia are one of the strongest teams in Africa.
He was speaking in an interview yesterday at Lusakaâ€™s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport when he made a stopover on his way to Malawi for the United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) Stop the Goal Campaign.
â€œWe all saw how they [Zambia] played at the 2012 Africa Cup. There was great teamwork and they really worked hard for the Africa Cup championship. When Zambia came for the Africa Cup in Equatorial Guinea, nobody was counting them. But when I saw their first game against Senegal, personally I knew they were a good team and nobody doubted them,â€ said Gyan, who missed a penalty in Ghanaâ€™s 0-1 semi-final defeat to the Chipolopolo.
Zambia went on to beat the Didier Drogba-led Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in the final.
The Al Ain striker was happy to be in Zambia.
Gyan is looking forward to facing Zambia at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
â€œI am not looking for revenge. I think I revenged in the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup when we beat Zambia in Ghana. I just wish Zambia well in the Africa Cup qualifiers. Itâ€™s going to be tough,â€ he said.
Ghana beat Zambia 2-1 in Kumasi to progress to the play-off where they pummelled Egypt 7-3.
Gyan said Ghana, like Zambia, is a strong team and one of the strong contenders for the Africa Cup.
And UNAIDS institution capacity adviser Kenneth Mwansa said Stop the Goal Campaign is aimed at ensuring that youths keep away from vices that can put them at risk of acquiring HIV.
Mwansa said the UN is using celebrities like Gyan because they are considered role models by many youths.
â€œGyan is on a long journey. He was recently in Brazil and he has been to many parts of the world. Now he is taking the ball to Malawi where it will be signed by the Malawian head of State,â€ he said.
Mwansa said Gyan can teach youths good morals.
By ROBINSON KUNDA