Drogba proud of Ivory Coast, hopes for World Cup progress

Karim Farouk, Sunday 17 Nov 2013

Elephants veteran captain Didier Drogba says team aiming to pass beyond group stage at World Cup in Brazil

Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba, left, and Sio Giovanni, right, celebrate with their teammates after scoring a goal in a World Cup 2014 qualifying match between Ivory Coast and Senegal at Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca, Morocco, Saturday Nov. 16, 2013. (Photo: AP)

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has hailed his teammates for securing a World Cup ticket after holding Senegal to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

"I am proud to be part of a team from a small country which has qualified for three World Cups in a row," Drogba said after the game.

The Elephants claimed a late draw against Senegal to survive a late scare from the hosts who missed a very easy chance while they were one goal up.

The qualification brings much joy to the players and the country that has been struggling with domestic strife over the past years.

"We want to do something special at the World Cup. The last two tournaments were difficult. In Brazil, we hope to have a greater chance of at least making it out of the first round," he concluded.

Drogba’s men had tough draws during the past two editions. In South Africa 2010, they finished third in the group stage behind Brazil and Portugal, and in Germany 2006 they also finished behind Argentina and Netherlands in a group that also included Serbia.

The 35-year-old striker hopes for a better luck this time to end his career on a high note.

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