Didier Drogba and Ivory Coast have not enjoyed going through successful moments during the past World Cup participations as they on the 2006 and 2010 editions but failed on getting past the group stages.

In 2006 Ivory Coast had to settle with a 3rd place finish as they fell behind Argentina and Netherlands and 4 years later during the 2010 World Cup, Ivory Coast couldn’t get past Brazil and Portugal in the standings of the group stages and that was as far as they have been able on reaching.

This time around Ivory Coast was pitted against Japan, Colombia and Greece in what is expected to be a much simpler group stages and considering that this will be the last World Cup of Didier Drogba, he wants to end his international career with Ivory Coast on a high note.

“Competing at the previous two tournaments was very difficult. We have a realistic chance to do better in Brazil and get past the first round’’ Drogba stated.

The French manager Sabri Lamouchi is the person in charge of Ivory Coast to help the nation reach a platform that they have never been able to accomplish in their history and he has praised the importance that Drogba has in the squad even at his 36 years of age.

“Didier is a great footballer who contributes so much to the team and he can be a major factor in Brazil. Ivory Coast has never reached the second round and should we do so in Brazil, there is a sense that nothing is impossible.” Lamouchi announced.

Yaya Toure is another high profile player who is expected to be one of the main engines and driving forces behind Ivory Coast and their journey through the 2014 World Cup.