Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure is predicting a tough 2013 Africa Cup of Nations journey for the Elephants.
Ivory Coast are housed in Group D with Togo, Tunisia and Algeria Faso for the African showpiece in South Africa.
Toure was part of the team that made it to the 2012 Nations Cup finals and lost on penalties to Zambia. He scored in a 3-0 win over co-hosts Equatorial Guinea in the quarter- finals.
Despite going close to the cup in 2012 Afcon, Toure believes the upcoming showpiece in South Africa is a daunting task for him and his colleagues.
“It’s going to be difficult in the next Africa Cup of Nations, Afcon is not easy," the Ivorian said in an interview with the local media in Ghana.
"We have to be strong and give full credit to our opponents because we have a tough group.”Toure retained his crown as the 2012 best African footballer at the Glo Caf awards in Accra on Thursday.
He said the prize will spur him on to do more at both club and national levels next year.