One of the greatest African players in history, Yaya Touré is looking forward to the World Cup in Qatar. Now in the role of Ambassador for the competition, the Ivorian is analyzing the chance of African countries. He highlights Senegal as the main strength of the continent and also talks about Cameroon, Brazil’s rival in the first phase.
“Senegal are a good team and can do well in this World Cup. They will be full of confidence after winning the African Cup of Nations earlier this year. I also think Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco and Tunisia will perform well. The qualifying playoffs showed how many great teams we have in Africa. We now hope that African teams can reach new heights in the World Cup.” commented the ex-Manchester City and ex-Barcelona.
Yaya Touré praises the fact that the World Cup is being held for the first time in Qatar. “It will be very important and special, as it will be the first time that an Arab and Islamic country will host this important competition. For Qatar, being the first Muslim nation to host the World Cup is brilliant. For all players of the Islamic faith, it will be more than an honor to be a part of it”, warned the former athlete, champion of the African Cup of Nations in 2015 with Côte d’Ivoire.
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Another factor that will help to promote the Cup is the technical issue. In Yaya Touré’s view, the players will arrive at the World Cup in better conditions to put on a good show for the fans, depending on the date on which the event will be held – at the end of the year.
“It’s going to be unusual in the sense that the players will fit in and not get tired of playing a long season with their clubs. That way I think it’s going to be historic. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds,” he warned.