Newcastle and Cote d'Ivoire midfielder Cheikh Tiote: We have to win this Africa Cup of Nations

The former FC Twente star insists the Elephants have great players ahead of their first match of the Afcon against Sudan but bemoans recent underachievement
Cote d'Ivoire midfielder Cheikh Tiote has been blunt about his team's ambitions in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tournament saying they must win.

The top-ranked African team will be aiming to bring home the Afcon trophy for the first time since 1992 with none of the current squad fortunate enough to have lifted the trophy.

Cote d'Ivoire begin their campaign on Sunday evening when they take on east African representatives Sudan in a match they are expected to comfortably win.

The Elephants are well aware of the pressure they are under to perform and return from Gabon and Equatorial Guinea with the title, as Newcastle midfielder Tiote revealed in no uncertain terms.

"We have great players so we have to win something, we have to win this Cup of Nations," midfielder Tiote said, according to AFP.

"Every time there is an African tournament, people tell us that we are favourites to win. But when you look at our trophy cabinet there is nothing there. Absolutely nothing."

With a number of the current squad likely to hang up their boots after this competition, the group of players considered to be the golden generation of Ivorian football have this tournament to write history and become the team that delivered on their promise, rather than the generation that delivered nothing but disappointment for the fans.