Côte D’Ivoire’s golden generation determined to finally end trophy drought
The Elephants of Côte D’Ivoire in the past seven years have been one of the most competitive teams at the African Cup of Nation with two runner up positions (2006 and 2012),a fourth place (2008) and a qualification for the quarterfinals (2010).
After absenting the AFCON in 2004, the golden generation of Didier Drogba and others started their rise in 2006 and came closer to grabbing the title from host country Egypt. Since then, Côte D’Ivoire have been given favourites in every AFCON yet they are still chasing the title which has escaped Côte D’Ivoire’s grip for the past 21 years.
This golden generation who after this cup shall part with some of its big names like Drogba are more than ever before determined to offer the trophy to Côte D’Ivoire.
“We want to offer this trophy to our country. Even though in our clubs we have won the greatest possible trophies, we think that winning a trophy for our country shall be an extraordinary thing.” Salomon Kalou said.
Kalou who is at his fourth AFCON also added that It is a great honour to play for his country and that it is a great privilege to play among a generation who have known themselves for a very long time.
Max Gradel, midfielder at his second AFCON said they will try with all their might to win the cup in order to remain in his history as “in sports only the winners are remembered.”
To win their second title after the first in 1992, Côte D’Ivoire will first have to pluck the Super Eagle of Nigeria Sunday at Mbombela during the quarterfinals.