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The Barcelona star has made it clear that Ivory Coast have ambitious plans ahead of the 2010 World Cup...

Ivory Coast breezed through during their World Cup qualification group and are touted as a dark horse for the upcoming World Cup in South Africa. Holding midfielder Yaya Toure has now insisted that he and his team-mates are out to win the title.

"People see us as the best team in Africa, that is pressure on its own. I don’t really want to say we will win the World Cup, but our intentions obviously are to win the competition," said Toure to FIFA.com.

"But I think we should take it one step at a time, we shouldn’t think ahead of ourselves. The media will always have its favourites, we don’t have to base our thinking and our belief on that.

"We know what we can do, we know what we can achieve. We have been gelling well as a team, we are now playing as a collective. In 2006, we had the hunger, but we lacked experience," continued the Barcelona star.

"This is a very big moment for us and the people back home. This World Cup is special for all of Africa. We are the first generation of players in Africa to play the World Cup on our own continent. We are excited, we are glad to be part of this African World Cup.

"We have learned a lot, we have seen our mistakes in previous tournaments. That doesn’t mean we won’t make mistakes again, but we can’t repeat the old mistakes. That means we are progressing, we are going towards a good direction - that is good for Ivorian football."

Stefan Coerts, Goal.com

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