World Cup: Adebayor slams Ivory Coast
Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor has tipped Nigeria as the African team with the best chances to succeed at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
The 30-year-old Tottenham striker said the Super Eagles can count on their coach Stephen Keshi, who knows his job and was also a good player.
Keshi worked with Adebayor between 2004 and 2006 while coaching the Sparrow Hawks, whom he qualified to the Fifa World Cup for the first time in 2006.
“The African team that could get far at the 2014 World Cup is Nigeria, thanks to Stephen Keshi,” Adebayor said.
“Keshi knows football very well. He was also a good player. I think Nigeria have the ingredients to put up a great performance at the competition in Brazil,” he said.
However, the former Arsenal and Manchester City forward does not believe Ivory Coast will live up to expectation despite the cream of talents that make up the outfit.
“I have never had faith in the Ivorian team. It’s a team that will always disappoint you,” he said.
“They had the best striker in Europe, Didier Drogba, and now the best midfielder Yaya Toure and one of the best strikers in England Wilfried Bony, but they lack solidarity.
“They will talk, laugh and joke together but when the time for seriousness comes they forget to do their work. How can one imagine that with all those stars they are unable to win an Africa Cup of Nations for the past four or five years? Every player wants to be the hero of the Elephants and that is what is killing the team,” Adebayor said.