Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has said the Elephants will go all out to overcome their nightmares of missing out on continental trophies when they feature in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
The striker inspired the west African side to reach the Nations Cup finals in 2006 and 2012, but on both occasions he was on the losing side to Egypt and Zambia respectively.
Despite going close to the cup in the 2012 Afcon, the 34-year-old who will be making his fifth Afcon appearance believes the current squad can end the trophy nightmares in their camp.
“We have a team capable of great things at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations; it would be great to win the trophy now. Honestly, we are getting tired of losing out each time,” the China-based striker told the official website of Fifa.
“We showed great solidarity against Senegal [in the qualifiers]. We fought together, everybody gave off himself and this helped us to win. And now everybody expects a trophy. We hope to give the cup to our country,” Drogba added.
Ivory Coast are housed in Group D with Togo, Tunisia and Algeria for the 29th edition of Africa’s biggest football gathering in South Africa.