Salomon Kalou believes the Black Stars will offer the biggest threat to the Elephants hopes of defending the Africa Cup of Nations.
The tournament gets underway in Gabon on Saturday with Ivory Coast looking to retain the trophy they won in 2015 in Equatorial Guinea thanks to a penalty shoot-out victory over Ghana.
And Hertha Berlin forward Kalou is tipping their west African neighbours to challenge once more.
“Ghana will be our biggest threat. They always will be, they’re our neighbours,”He told Omnisport via fourfourtwo.
“We are cool with them but we have competition with them. It’s fun to play against them. I think they will be in the semi-final.
“Of course people expect us to do well because we’re the defending champions. I think people expect us to at least reach the semis.
“When you’ve won it once you want to win it more. We have the right mentality and good dynamic because we haven’t lost for a long time.
“Since we won the cup we haven’t lost a game. So we want to continue that for as long as possible because the mentality is high.”