Battle against the idol: Facing Yaya Toure is dream come true for Afriyie Acquah

Afriyie Acquah has vowed to play his best football ever on Sunday when Ghana meets neighbours, Ivory Coast in the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, by far the biggest game of his young career.

The 23 year old midfield workhorse is motivated beyond limits simply because he is coming up against his childhood idol, the Ivorian captain, Yaya Toure, the same player who has been decorated Africa’s best football player in each of the past four years.

Acquah is fired up for the clash as he keeps reminiscing his younger days when he was growing up as a football star himself in Sunyani, the Brong Ahafo Regional capital. The days when the people of Sunyani christened and endlessly hailed him ‘Yaya Toure.’

“It’s a big game for Afriyie, it’s very special for him since he will battle Yaya Toure in midfield. You know when he was growing up and started playing in Sunyani, they always called him Yaya Toure,” a source close to the player revealed to

“He also liked and Idolised Yaya Toure, in fact, it has always been his dream to play with or against the Ivorian midfielder. And now that’s it’s going to happen, he is motivated to put up his best show in the game,” the source continued.

“I can tell you that Afriyie will be playing the best game he has ever played. He is motivated beyond words and will let the football do the talking for him. He will be super excited to win the Africa Cup of Nations after beating a side led by Yaya Toure,” our source affirmed.

Meanwhile, the countdown continues to Sunday’s final as the Black Stars seek to end a now 33-year wait for continental glory against the neighbours to the West, the same country which won their first Africa Cup title back in 1992 after defeating Ghana in a marathon penalty shootout in the final in Senegal. Follow @thedonplato

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