Didier Drogba has spoken of his desire to lead Côte d’Ivoire to a second CAF Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa after two near misses.
"We have a team capable of great things at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations," remarked Drogba. "It would be great to win the trophy now. Honestly, we are getting tired of losing out each time.
"We showed great solidarity against Senegal (in the qualifiers). We fought together, everybody gave of himself and this helped us to win. And now everybody expects a trophy. We hope to give the cup to our country."
Drogba inspired Les Elephants to reach the 2006 championship final against hosts Egypt and he was again instrumental as his country marched into the 2012 final against Zambia. However, on both occasions the two-time CAF African Footballer of the Year ended up on the losing side, with last year's failure the more disappointing after he blasted a penalty over in regular time against shock winners Zambia.
Drogba is the talisman of his country's 'golden generation', which also includes Yaya and Kolo Toure, Didier Zokora and Emmanuel Eboue. And now, at 34, the tournament in South Africa is most likely to be the last hurrah for the big striker and he would wish to crown it with the ultimate victory.