On November 11th, a non-qualification for World Cup  against Morocco will be the disaster for the Ivorian football. The return of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba in the national team is more and more evoked to avoid this scenario.

Ivory Coast, not to mention Ivorian football is playing its fate in November. On Saturday 11th of this month, the Elephants (8 points) will have no choice but to emerge victorious from the fierce battle that will oppose them to the Lions of the Atlas of Morocco (9 points) in the candy box of the stadium Felix Houphouet- Boigny.

Any other result against the Carnivalists directed by Herve Renard, will sign the goodbye of the Pachyderms led by Marc Wilmots to Russia, organizer of the 2018 World Cup.

When we take for granted the fact that for more than 10 years, the manna resulting from the participation in the World Mass of the round ball is the adjuvant of Ivorian football as a whole, such a scenario would inevitably trigger its descent to hell. At the beginning of the organization of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021, it would be simply dramatic.

It is therefore urgent to parry the most urgent by acting on this destiny which is still far from implacable. And to act on this destiny, is to get the return of Yaya Touré (34 years old, Manchester City) and Didier Drogba (39 years old, Phoenix Rising), the two monuments of the golden generation that are still in activity.

They will not come to necessarily be holders. Far from it. But their presence in the locker room, on the bench, would give back to the youngest who are totally lacking confidence and sow doubt if not fear in the opponent. Anything that will have the effect of significantly reducing the probability of a programmed elimination, a priori.

The example of Cameroon

This requires the intervention of the Ivorian state at the highest level. Clearly, the President of the Republic Alassane Ouattara must weigh all his weight to convince Yaya and Drogba to give up their international retirement and return to service within Séléfanto. Of course, the head of state will not be the first in the history of football to do so.

Proof by Cameroonian President Paul Biya in anticipation of the 1990 World Cup in Italy, used his discretion to impose the selection of Roger Milla. This decision seemed absurd for Valeri Nepomniatchi, the coach of the Indomitable Lions. To tell the truth, summoning a 38-year-old player who was living a peaceful retreat on Reunion Island was a matter of inconsistency for the Russian technician.

But President Paul Biya was inflexible and demanded his presence in the group without recourse, even going so far as to personally call him to ensure his cooperation.

The decision was certainly not popular, but the result would prove right President Biya. The old Lion was logically confined to a role of joker. However, it is from him that came the salvation of Cameroon.

With four achievements, it has for the first time allowed an African country to compete in the quarterfinals of a World Cup. He remains the oldest striker of the World after having beaten his own record in 1994 in the United States at 42 years.

The example of France

At a time relatively close, in 2005, to a month of decisive matches for the qualification to the 2006 World Cup, France beat the reminder of its “old” retirees who were Zinedine Zidane, Claude Makélélé, etc. (Chirac would have played a major role).

The national coach had undertaken a difficult year since rebuilding with a majority of young inexperienced players and did not ask for more. The rest is known to all. France not only qualified for the German World Cup but also finished vice-champion of the world.

Today, Ivory Coast is in the same position and if they want to be among the guests of the great world football festival, they have no choice but to beat the recall of the two giants of her recent history: Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure.


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