Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

12 June 2014

Cote d'Ivoire: How Will Ivory Coast's 'Golden Generation' Define World Cup Success?

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Always the bridesmaids, never the bride. Ivory Coast have always come ever so close to a trophy in the Africa Cup of Nations, but their World Cup runs have been far more challenging. This year is the swansong of the golden generation, but what will define success for them at this year's tournament?

How do you define success for a group of players who should have won so much but turned up empty-handed time and time again? Would an exit from the round of 16 be enough? Or is there a belief that, considering so many chokes, perhaps fate will be on their side for once?

Out of all the African teams competing at this year's World Cup, Ivory Coast boasts some of the most impressive talent in one unit. There are individual stars who have racked up plaudits and who will be remembered for their greatness as individuals for years to come. But the team has far too often failed.

Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor has previously lambasted the team for their consistent failure, saying they lack togetherness.

"I never trust them. They are the country that will always let you down. I know all of them...

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