The Ivory Coast, arguably Africa’s best chance of going far in the World Cup, made their mark on the tournament in Brazil with a 2-1 victory over a good Japan side.
Cameroon were brushed aside by a fluid Mexico team earlier in the week, and the Ivory Coast will want to show what Africa can offer at the tournament.
Ahead of the match against Japan, former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Didier Zokora said: ‘You know you have a very great talent, who play for a long time together, but you never win a trophy for our country’.
The Elephants have been blessed with a number of current and ex-Premier League stars who have played at the highest level.
The likes of Yaya Toure and his brother Kolo, Salomon Kalou, Zokora, Cheick Tiote, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba have played week in and week out in the Premier League and able to make a huge difference in the African side.
‘This is the first World Cup we have played with Kolo Toure, Yaya Toure, and we need to prove something from the African countries’, said Zokora. ‘We have very good players with very good talent’.
The 33-year-old was lavishing praise upon the current crop of Premier League talent, insisting that they have the ‘x-factor’ to pull something out of the bag.
That is exactly what happened in Ivory Coast's 2-1 victory over Japan. It took ex-Arsenal man Gervinho and Swansea City's high-in-demand striker Bony to complete the comeback for the Ivorians – a better result for African fans who will bemoan the lack of cutting edge Cameroon displayed against Mexico.