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Football | Afcon

Ivory Coast © Backpagepix

Last throw of dice for ageing Ivorians



The 2013 African Nations Cup could be the last chance for an ageing Ivory Coast side to lift the trophy and former Afcon winner, Andre Arendse, believes the Elephants “should” win it.

Ivory Coast won their only Nations Cup title 20 years ago in Senegal after an incredible penalty shootout, which the Elephants won 11-10 over Ghana after neither team had scored in regulation time.

The 2013 Nations Cup squad touch down in Gauteng this afternoon.

South Africa’s 1996 Afcon winner Andre Arendse said: “This is really their last chance to win silverware as a team. Potentially they should be world beaters because all these players are playing at the very highest level of the game.”

Arendse points to their attack, saying that he believes Didier Drogba and Gervinho complement each other well.

“Gervinho will run a lot and turn players, always looking for the ball. Drogba is not a young man anymore, so he will stay in the box and hold the ball up. He has the height and the strength, so they can really make this count in their advantage.”

South Africa 2013 represents the last throw of the dice for the ageing Didier Drogba, who blazed a regular time penalty well over the crossbar to help Zambia achieve a maiden title in 2012.

“Coming to South Africa for the 2013 Cup of Nations will be special for me; we have twice come so close to winning this tournament,” Drogba said.

“But that does not mean we can afford to slow down and assume that if we wait long enough the title will be ours.

“We have learnt from our failures and we are coming this time to win and nothing else,” said Drogba.

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