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