Africa Cup of Nations 2012 TV Schedule: 3 Teams Ready to Dominate

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates scoring his penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 31, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations will be without a lot of star power this year.

Powerful teams like Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt and Algeria will not be participating in this year's Cup.

But, there will still be plenty of talent on display in this year's tournament, so it should be fun to watch.

Let's take a look at three teams that have the potential to win the 2012 Cup.



Ghana defeated the United States in the 2010 World Cup and are now considered by many to be the favorites to win the 2012 African Cup.

With players like Andre Ayew, there is plenty of talent to go around in Ghana.

Many of the players from the World Cup quarterfinals team are still around, meaning this team has some big-game experience.

They'll be even better off now that Asamoah Gyan is back and ready to compete at a high level again.

Other nations are going to have to be at their best if they want to beat the Black Stars.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23:  Andre Ayew (L) and John Pantsil of Ghana celebrate with a national flag having qualified for the next round, despite losing the match, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Ghana and Germa
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Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast has come close to winning the Cup before, but has always come up short.

With several of the key African teams not participating this year, Ivory Coast could steal a victory.

And, with Dider Drogba on the roster, this team has the best player in the tournament. He can single-handedly take over games and ensure victories for the Elephants.

Look for Drogba to take over for Ivory Coast and lead the tournament in goals.



A new coach and some strong momentum give the Atlas Lions a chance to pull off an upset victory in the Cup.

Eric Gerets will have his team ready for whatever competition they face.

And, this team beat Algeria by four goals last year, so they clearly have a lot of talent.

If Marouane Chamakh can score plenty of goals, this team should be just fine. But, if he struggles to find the back of the net, it could be another early exit for the Moroccan squad.