On 30 November, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged rebels in Tigray to surrender, saying government forces were closing in on victory. ... It comes just a week after the PM pledged to lead military operations on the frontline.
Too many egos ?spoil the broth
2006: first round
African Cup of Nations?
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
First in Group E, Africa zone
Boubacar Barry, Lokeren
Aristides Zogbo, Maccabi Netanya
Daniel Yeboah, Asec
Souleymane Bamba, Hibernian
Arthur Boka, VB Stuttgart
Benjamin Brou Angoua, Valenciennes
Guy Demel, Hamburg SV
Emmanuel Eboue, Arsenal
Steve Gohouri, Wigan Athletic
Siaka Tiene, Valenciennes
Kolo Toure, Manchester City
Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso, Monaco
Abdelkader Keita, Galatasaray
Emmanuel Kone, International
Koffi N’Dri Romaric, Sevilla
Cheik Ismael Tiote, Twente Enschede
Didier Zokora, Sevilla
Aruna Dindane, Lekhwiya
Didier Drogba, Chelsea
Salomon Kalou, Chelsea
Bakary Kone, Olympique Marseille
This talented generation of ?Ivorian footballers must be wondering if they will ever be able to take home some silverware. Given the tough group, including favour-ites Brazil, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and the imponderable North Koreans, they must be wondering what they have done to offend the footballing gods, ?especially since they will in all likelihood immediately meet the other Cup favourites, Spain, should they graduate from their group. Could it be that the Elephants will end up in the vast graveyard of those who never win anything despite so much promise??
It all started so well – in 2005, the team qualified for the World Cup with ease and then reached the final of the African Cup of Nations in 2006, only to be beaten by the Egyptian hosts. Four months later, they were talked of as the new wave of talent to come out of Africa, receiving honorable mentions for their matches in a tough group which included Argentina and Holland.
Coming fourth in the ACN of 2008, doubts about the cohesiveness of the admittedly-impressive line up began to creep in. Many are household names – Drogba, Eboué, ?Kalou, the brothers Touré and Koné – and most play in top European clubs, from Chelsea to Barcelona. Perhaps, then, the ‘star factor’ is in fact the problem, with too much individualism instead of collective strength. This was evident in Angola’s ACN, where the lack of cohesion was clear. The elimination of Côte d’Ivoire in the quarter-finals against Algeria after extra time (3-2) had consequences for coach Vahid ?Halilhodzic, who was sacked a few weeks later, despite leading the team on a long unbeaten run.
Sweden’s Sven-Göran Eriksson, brought in at the end of March, needs to clean house quickly and bring egos under control – not a task he was very good at when managing England’s World Cup squad in 2001.
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