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Arsene Wenger tips Ivory Coast, Cameroon

Posted: 10 June 2010 Time: 15:57

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Ivory Coast are the African team most likely to challenge for the World Cup trophy. 

Speaking at the Castrol Index event in Sandton, the Frenchman believes the Elephants have the best all-round squad to challenge the big boys, with or without the injured Didier Drogba.   “If Didier Drogba is not fit they still have quality players – offensively they are not short,” he tells “If you want to look at the quality of a team, you look at how many of their players play at big clubs. There are ten big clubs maybe in the world, and they have the highest percentage of players at big clubs, so they have the highest potential. But they have a difficult group.   “The second one I see is Cameroon. They have good players, but they don’t seem to have taken off in the preparations at all. And I’m not sure they don’t have internal problems there.”   Wenger also believes Bafana Bafana could play a part in the latter rounds, saying: “The question mark is South Africa. They can have good team performances, but look a little bit short quality wise.”   Asked who he believes the next African superstar will be, Wenger responded: “I don’t know the answer to that. There is no-one at the moment. But this World Cup will be a great opportunity to see who the next African superstar will be.   “Africa is a goldmine for football and the talent is waiting to be unearthed. The other night I watched Brazil play against Tanzania. Tanzania lost heavily, but there were two players I saw – one a Walcott type – who immediately made me say, “I need to find out more”.   So who is his pick for the World Cup semi-finals?   “Spain, Argentina, England and Holland. Spain are in good form – they won 6-0 the other night and looked on a different planet. Holland are also in great form.”   And what about Brazil? “I love Brazil. I’ve always been a great admirer of their teams. Of course it can happen that Brazil will win. They will be solid, but they don’t have the creative talent of previous teams. That’s why I think they may struggle.”   Asked what he thought about Diego Maradona as a manager, Wenger said: “He could be an advantage or a disadvantage. He will inspire his players, but will his name and aura get in the way? Also, he lacks experience, so will he stay cool and composed and make the right decisions?”   * For more on the Castrol Index, visit Castrol Football (link to  

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:47 pm
Abeg wenger go sidon, what was Ivory coast performance at the last nations cup, please note that SE is a team hard to beat and i see them taking on the whole world!!!
posted: 07:35 pm
Drug lords r not mentioned.
posted: 07:36 pm
Wenger the whole world knows that Ivory Coast has big player around the world. They are suppose to win every trophy in Africa but to be honest i don’t know what is their problem in winning trophy. To me i wish them good luck in SA WC. Again i have point to make no one really want to talk about Super Eagles of Nigeria this Country is another country that i know will go far in this WC nobody should neglect them because there are not in good shape now but i have the faith they will go far . I wish Africa team the best of luck
posted: 07:38 pm
Look Wenger...Ivory Coast, Cameroon always claim big in Africa teem ,i believe you make a very serious mistake by choosing them as a good teem in Africa definitely NO...If you come to Africa football you talk of NIGERIA and GHANA these two teem make us happy in any football both in women and men...Example this two countries are going to represent Africa for women football wold cup (2)Under 17 boys Ghana and Nigeria have won it three time (3)under 20 Ghana have won it last year and reach semi final and Nigeria have reached Semi final and won under 21 Olympic. In Africa we recognize Ghana and Nigeria as our favorite teem.. Ivory Coast and Cameroon always claim big .Please wenger stop chosen a wrong teem OK.

I from Togo
posted: 07:41 pm
They (drug lords) 2b classied as a big team by demand.hehehe
posted: 07:46 pm
Dont count South Africa out yet, they have the potential and can surprize the whole world, even themselves too!!!
posted: 07:59 pm
I am an Arsenal fan. I think Mr Wenger has got his head stuck in his damn french a-r-s-e that he's blinded to recognise the potentiality of Nigeria nicking it. I am disgusted by his freaking predictions, I really love to see egg on his bloody face come July 11th. Ivory and Cameroon, on paper look smashing bets but Nigeria has always done it and will do it again. Under Lars we are gonna be organised and will out-muscle many oppositions!! Your man-Lars, is a wizard and with the kind of squad we got, he will bring his wizardry to fore, Ndi Naija-watch out!
posted: 08:13 pm
Cameroon is the most succesful team in africa donkies. Not de overated drug dealers.
posted: 08:50 pm
@All psl trophies,this is to show how civilize you open your mouth to insult your fellow african country by such name well the end will justify the means up naija go for the cup.
posted: 09:03 pm
All psl trophies....Stop chasing the waterflow..Nigerians are naturally above you guys.More respect for a dealer than an addict.98% of Nigeriam youths do not use drugs and about 95% dont get drunk.Fine.. so who is fooling who?... who is losing?.No matter how dark the night is, it shall break...South African society is lacking morality...thats why they are among the highest consumer of drug and rapist in the whole 2015,statistics shows that 75% of your youth must have been fully addicted to drugs ----------Great honour!!!!
posted: 11:02 pm
Wish Egypt was here and in the group which Ivory Coast is @
posted: 01:44 am
Why are these south africans so lazy?they have robbed almost half of the teams coming for this world cup.Am so happy whole world will know how lazy south africans are.
posted: 01:52 am
Why are these south africans so lazy?they have robbed almost half of the teams coming for this world cup.Am so happy whole world will know how lazy south africans are.
posted: 06:38 am
What else would you expect from the useless french just more rubbish coming out of useless mouth try to boost up his former useles colonized FRENCH nations ....he should focus on winning the EPL and less on making predictions......I bet he predict Arsenal will win the Epl too this year.....welp we all seen how great that prediction turned out to haha the french you all amuse me
posted: 12:34 pm
Prince, Ojen and Nesto, don’t comment against South Africa because of comments post against Nigeria. No proudly South African talk negatively to other African countries. Some country’s in Southern region claimed to be South African but it is only xenophobic separate every body.
posted: 11:32 am
Wenger shout-up, u dont know anything abt Africa soccer. I think u're reading from a History book, U have to be fair to urself and ur family,be current.Talk abt (team strenght or work)and stop confusing urself with Big players and thier clubs, foolish man. GHANA all the way.
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