Ivory Coast stars must come out of hiding - Kanu

Wednesday 21 May 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

Nigeria and Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu has urged Ivory Coast's star players to come out of hiding 
and show themselves at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

The Elephants have for the past decade boasted some of the biggest names on the African continent, but have failed in making their mark on the international stage while also falling short on the continental front despite heading into the past five African Cup of Nations tournaments among the favourites.

With Ivory Coast reaching the end of its current 'golden generation', the showpiece event in South America could be the countries last chance to make their mark in what is the biggest event in football for some while.

With players like Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Didier Zokora likely to play in their last World Cup, the Ivorian's will be desperate to finally live up to their reputation.

"Ivory Coast have a lot of experience, a lot of players who have been there and play at the big clubs. If you ask anybody they will say they are one of the best teams in Africa, it is time for them to prove that they are the best," Kanu told

"When you need them [the big name players], you don't see them, we don't know why. I believe this World Cup will be one of the best World Cups

for them," the former Inter Milan marksman concluded.
Ivory Coast reached the final of the 2006 and 2012 African Cup of Nations, losing to Egypt and Zambia respectively while they finished in fourth spot in the 2008 edition.

The Elephants participated in their first World Cup in 2006 before qualifying for the tournament in South Africa four years later, on both occasions they failed to make it out of their group.

The West Africans though will fancy their chances of making the Knockout Stages in Brazil after being drawn in Group C alongside Colombia, Greece and Japan.


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