Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) seal qualification with a game to spare!

10th October 2009 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Drogba to the rescue as Ivory Coast seal their spot in the finals…



Although Ivory Coast dropped their first points in qualifying, the 1-1 draw away in Malawi was enough to book their place in South Africa for the finals next summer. However, it wasn’t without a few scares along the way, or at the final hurdle anyway, with Malawi leading up till the 63rd minute until, surprise-surprise, Chelsea’s Didier Drogba came off the bench to not only rescue some Ivory pride but also send the travelling fans into raptures as the team, in their famous bright orange shirts, hung on to secure the point they needed to secure a top spot finish.


That was Didier Drogba’s sixth goal of this qualifying campaign, and he’s scored over a third of Ivory Coast’s goals in qualifying, with his importance to the team evident. However, Ivory Coast do actually boast an array of worldwide talent, with the likes of; Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue & Saloman Kalou, all plying their trade with Cote D’Ivoire, as they’re known to some.


This will be just their second appearance in a World Cup, although several will remember their gutsy performances in their last World Cup, 2006, which seen them fall short in a terribly tough group which consisted of Argentina, Netherlands & Serbia, of which Ivory Coast narrowly lost to both the group favourites in Argentina & Netherlands, losing both encounters 2-1, whilst they beat Serbia 3-2.


There were clear signs of intent back in 2006 that Ivory Coast were a nation on the up, in terms of football, and their performances in qualifying, recording four wins from five and remaining unbeaten throughout, will mean that they will be a dangerous opponent for most, and a potentially great outside value punt for the 2010 World Cup in their home continent of Africa.


It will all be about the preparation now but manager, Vahid Halihodzic, will have one qualifier left to experiment with formations and tactics and, providing their key players stay away from the injury table, Ivory Coast could be a big player at the forthcoming World Cup.


Ivory Coast Outright Odds: 40/1 VictorChandler


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