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Learnt our lessons, says Kolo

Recife: Yaya and Kolo Toure, Didier Drogba and Didier Zokora have made nearly 400 appearances for Ivory Coast and played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, becoming living legends of their country in the process.

Fresh from firing The Elephants to their third consecutive World Cup appearance, the quartet know that Brazil 2014 represents their last chance of earning some long-awaited glory. “Just going further than we’ve ever done before will be a triumph in itself,” Kolo told fifa.com, assessing his side’s World Cup prospects.

“I’m not setting any limits on what we can achieve. Why can’t we spring a surprise and make it to the final? We’ve got the ability to do just that.

“We have made some progress, though, and it’s good for us to have survivors from the last two World Cups in the team. We’ve learned the lessons of the past and we’re making sure we pass on our knowledge to the younger players.”