Ivory Coast’s Elephants

Ivory Coast will be making their third appearance at a FIFA World Cup™.  Nicknamed The Elephants, the West Africans first appeared at the 2006 edition in Germany.  In 2014, the Ivorians find themselves in Group C alongside Colombia, Greece and Japan.

The Ivorians boast some of the best individual talent Africa has ever seen, but as a group something is not adding up.  Heading to the World Cup their players are doing a great job for their respective clubs and winning some silverware so the question is, can 2014 be different?  The Elephants booked their ticket to Brazil by defeating Senegal in a two-legged encounter after they had topped their group by 14 points from six matches, netting 15 goals in the process.

Ivory Coast is also known as Cote d’Ivoire and have not made it past the group stages in their only two appearances at the World Cup finals in 2006 and 2010.  In the previous campaigns they have been unlucky to be drawn alongside powerhouses of world football such as Argentina, Netherlands, Portugal and Brazil.  If there was ever a tournament where they feel they have a fair chance, this must be it.

At this year’s finals the Elephants will start their quest to better their first round exits with a match against Japan before locking horns with Greece and Colombia.  It is no secret that the Ivorians have all the ingredients of a world class team.  Spearheaded by Didier Drogba, who will be looking to make a grand exit from international football, the much talked about Yaya Toure, Gervinho, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue, one wonders if it is the recipe or the chef that is lacking.

Sitting highest among African nations in FIFA’s world rankings, the hopes of Africa for World Cup glory heavily lies upon them.  Although the Nigerians, Ghanaians, Algerians and Cameroonians will have something to say about that.