Thursday, October 23, 2008
Enigmatic Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba thinks the 2010 World Cup will be Africa’s best chance to win the tournament when South Africa host the tournament.
“I think this World Cup in Africa is very important, for the continent, not only for the Ivory Coast and not only for me,” the Chelsea star said.
“This will be the best chance for an African team to win the World Cup but it’s not going to be easy. We still have to qualify and it’ll be a big battle as the teams are tough.”
The Elephants, who played at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, have reached the final phase of African qualifiers from which five teams will qualify for the World Cup.
Drogba also said he was glad he stayed at Chelsea after being linked with both Milan clubs in the last transfer window amid speculation he would leave the English Premier League club.
He developed a close relationship with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and media reports speculated that he would follow the Portuguese coach when he took over at Inter Milan.
But Drogba said, “This (Chelsea) is the club which suits me best. I think, because this is the only club where I won all the titles I have now and, yes, I’m happy to be here and stay with my friends.”
Drogba has seen little action under Chelsea’s new manager Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, recovering from knee surgery after the season began.
He then suffered another knee injury against CFR Cluj in the Champions League in Romania two weeks ago.
MY POV: I think the only reason Drogba's happy he stayed at Chelsea is because no one bothered to pony up the money to sign him ...
I'm also not so sure this is Africa's best chance at World Cup glory.
I think the pressure to perform in front of the home fans may derail some African teams.
They may be looking to impress so much that it'll cost them in the end.
All this talk is premature until the five African nations in the 2010 Cup are known. Until then, everything is up in the air ...