Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba who is the greatest for Ivory Coast?


Many people are on the debate that Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba who is?the greatest? Many have? compared the two times African best?footballer Didier Drogba with the four times African best footballer?Yaya Toure. Today Spy Ghana give you the opportunity to choose your?greatest among these stars for Ivory Coast.


Didier Drogba a? worshipped icon in Ivory Coast. The 36 year old?Chelsea star made his debut in 2002 for Ivory Coast. He captained the?Elephants to their first world cup in 2006, In February 2006, Drogba?captained the Ivory Coast to their second Africa Cup of Nations final,?scoring the only goal in their semi-final match with Nigeria and?putting away the deciding spot-kick in their record-tying penalty?shootout quarter-final win over Cameroon. However, they lost in the?final to Egypt 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw, with Drogba’s shot?being stopped by Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary in a penalty?shoot-out..

Also in 2008, Drogba scored two goals in the group stage, opening the?scoring in the 4-1 win over Benin, as well as in the 3-0 win over?Mali. In the quarter-finals, Drogba was on the score sheet once again?in the 5-0 thrashing of Guinea with the last four goals coming in the?final twenty minutes. The semi-final was a rematch of the 2006 final?against Egypt, but it was to be the end of the road for Drogba and the?Ivory Coast, losing 4-1 to the eventual champions. Their misfortune?seemed to carry over to the third place play-off on 9 February 2008,?losing 4-2 to hosts Ghana.?Drogba scored six goals in five matches qualifying Ivory Coast to the?2010 world cup. In all Didier Drogba play 104 official matches for?Ivory Coast with 65 goals making him the all time top scorer for Ivory?Coast.


Yaya Toure the 31 year old Manchester City star midfielder made his?debut for Ivory Coast in 2004, he has gone on to have 95 official?appearances for the Elephants and has scored 19 goals. He was named?the captain of Ivory Coast in 2014 after Drogba’s retirement.

In 2006, he appeared for Elephants in all three of the team’s matches?at its first ever World Cup. In the 2010 tournament, he again appeared?in all Ivory Coast matches, scoring the opening goal in a 3-0 win over?North Korea. Toure made his third World Cup appearance during the 2014?competition, and captained the team in their opening match a 2-1?defeat of Japan in which he was named man of the match by FIFA.

Toure has represented Ivory Coast? at six Africa Cup of Nations?tournaments; in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015; ending as?runners-up in the 2006 and 2012 editions, and winners in 2015. Toure?was named in the CAF’s team of the tournament in 2008, 2012 and?2015.On 4 February 2015, Toure scored the opening goal in Ivory Coast?3-1 semi-final victory over the Democratic Republic of the Congo to?qualify the Elephants for their third Africa Cup of Nations Final in?nine years. On 8 February, He captained the Ivory Coast to its first?AFCON win since 1992 with a penalty shootout defeat of Ghana at?Estadio de Bata in Equatorial Guinea.

The ball is now in your court to judge, Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba?who is the greatest for Ivory Coast?

By Eric Opoku

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