Yaya Toure eyes CAN's supreme title

Karim Farouk, Thursday 2 Feb 2012

'It will be hard to finish with anything less,' says Ivory Coast midfielder

Yaya Toure
Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure

Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has said that next Saturday’s quarterfinal encounter against Equatorial Guinea will be a "step forward" towards their primary target: the African Cup of Nations (CAN).

“What we want is the final victory. It will be hard to finish with anything less than the supreme title. I want to win – for me, that’s the most important thing,” the Manchester City player told Afrik Foot.

The 2011 African player of the year also acknowledged that he and the Elephants hadn’t lived up to expectations, but stressed that they had the job well in hand until now.

“CAN isn’t the European Cup. Temperature, humidity, grounds and the atmosphere are all very different. To go all the way through is very hard. The most important thing is to be very disciplined defensively," he said.

“In England, I can create – I have a free role, but not here. Maybe there is a lack of performance, but we must return home with the cup,” Toure concluded.

Ivory Coast have won all three of their group stage matches (against Sudan 1-0, Burkina Faso 2-0 and Angola 2-0), but are still looking for the missing spark with the likes of Toure, Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Gervinho all failing to impress.

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