World Cup 2022: Didier Drogba saddened by the absence of the Ivory Coast

World Cup 2022: Didier Drogba saddened by the absence of the Ivory Coast

Frank Kessié, Nicolas Pépé or Serge Aurier will watch the World Cup on TV. For the second consecutive time, the Elephants have failed to qualify. A counter-performance that leaves Ivorian legend Didier Drogba with regrets.

The Ivory Coast will miss the World Cup for the second time in a row. A situation that breaks Didier Drogba's heart. "The absence of the Ivory Coast at the World Cup is a big pinch in the heart for all Ivorians, because it is a competition to which they were accustomed three times in a row. And this is the second absence after 2018. These are signs that show that Côte d'Ivoire must work hard before returning to the top of world soccer, "said the former captain of the Elephants in an interview with the New Ivorian Channel NCI.

The Elephants could not even qualify for the playoffs. They finished second in Group D behind Cameroon. The Ivorian team was not up to the task, says the consultant of the NCI for the World Cup 2022. "We lack many things. It lacks a team that must have confidence in it. We also lack a little consistency in performance and consistency (...) something we have not seen for many years. It is this kind of performance that should create excitement around the public and we are looking forward to it."

Didier Drogba concluded: "I think we were at the doors of this World Cup. That's why experience and solidarity are words that are not in vain, because when you reach a certain level you really have to show maturity and know how to make good decisions. You have to be well supervised, you have to have people who have already participated in such important games to make good decisions. And that's what we lacked in the second leg of the qualifiers.

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