Drogba wants to overcome penalty trauma

Drogba wants to overcome penalty trauma

In 2006, he failed in his penalty attempt against agypt in the final, in 2012 his penalty failed to hit the net in regular time – zambia won sensationally. Now it’s time to make it happen at the tournament in south africa. The "elephants" pay on their best man.

"We can’t be the best african team in the fifa world rankings and then claim we weren’t favorites," drogba noted in eurosport interview. On position 14 the ivory coast is led in the ranking. In the opening match against togo, the world’s number 77, the foundation stone for a safe passage to the final round is to be laid on tuesday in rustenburg.O.-round be laid. The star ensemble also includes bundesliga pros didier ya konan of hannover 96 and artur boka of vfb stuttgart.

The last and so far only triumph of the ivorians at the africa cup is already 21 years ago. In 1992, drogba’s fubball forebears showed how to win penalty shootouts – they beat cameroon in the semifinals and ghana in the final this way. Drogba was still playing for a youth team in the french province at the time.

Now the golden generation around drogba has what is probably its last chance to win the africa cup. After the final on 10. February in johannesburg he wants to hold the cup in his hands. In addition to the 34-year-old captain, kolo and yaya toure, didier zokora and emmanuel eboue are also on the home stretch of their careers. "We came to win, nothing else pays," drogba explained.

After the opening game against togo, the preliminary round will have to be played in tunisia and algeria, the second best african team in the world rankings (22.), two big lumps to be cleared out of the way. The road to the final in soccer city johannesburg will be tough. Drogba does not have the best memories of the arena. In 2010, the ivorians’ world cup dream ended in the preliminary round when they lost 3-1 to brazil.

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