Monday, 12th May, 2014

Ivory Coast’s Salomon Kalou admits that surviving the group stage is their primary objective in this summer’s World Cup.

It will be Ivory Coast’s third consecutive World Cup and in the previous two events they failed to make it out of the groups, but Kalou feels that this time around the Elephants have a golden opportunity to make it through to the second round.

“This will be our third World Cup. The first two times the groups were very difficult and we failed to advance. This year, the draw was less hard, but again, our group is anything but easy”, the 28-year-old told FIFA.

Kalou has refused to look beyond the first round and feels that negotiating the group stages will be their primary objective.


“We will of course focus on trying to get past the first round. And if we manage that, we try to go as far as possible.”

Ivory Coast are in Group C alongside Colombia, Greece and Japan and they will take on the Asian giants in their first match on 14th June at the Arena Pernambuco, Recife.

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