Fear factor key in Ivory Coast – Chimomole


Carlitos will play a crucial role in stabilising the Mozambican midfield when they face Senegal in Abidjan on June 1 in a 2010 Afcon\World Cup qualifier.

Five other South African-based players that include Tico-Tico, Domingues Pelembe, Almiro Lobo, Mauricio Pequenino and Mano-Mano are in the team that has been called up.

“We need to go there with a fearless attitude. Of course, it will be difficult and we respect Ivory Coast for all the players that they have playing in Europe, but we will all be level when we meet on the field. We need not worry about but must get ourselves in the right frame of mind.

“Anything is possible and, remember, there are no longer any small teams in Africa,” says Chimomole, who will be up against Barcelona’s Yaya Toure.

The crafty midfielder admits that he has been following the array of Ivory Coast players who play in European leagues on TV, including Didier Drogba and Solomon Kalou who did duty for Chelsea in the Champions League final against Manchester United in Moscow this week.

The 24-year-old midfielder says he hopes the one-week camp that they are due to hold in Ghana will be beneficial.

Jomo Cosmos’ defender Mano-Mano will have the responsibility of handling Drogba, while Orlando Pirates’ striker Tico Tico will face the colossal task of breaching the home defence led by Arsenal’s Kolo Toure.

Mozambique will also play Madagascar and Botswana in their Group 7.