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'Drogba & Toure Lifted African Football'

Ivory Coast international, Salomon Kalou, has hailed the likes of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure for their achievements for African football.

Toure and Drogba were part of the Ivory Coast squad which first qualified for the World Cup in 2006 and are likely to play their last World Cup in Brazil.

"People would like to see that generation winning something," Kalou told BBC Sport’s John Bennet.

"The generation of Drogba, Didier Zokora and Kolo are a little bit older than us but what they did so well was to bring the team to their level because nobody did it before; Ivory Coast had never qualified for a World Cup before that generation.

"I think they have done brilliantly for the country. Today Ivory Coast is the highest ranked African team on Fifa's list so that's a big achievement.

"Didier, Zokora, Kolo and Yaya, they've done so much for African football.

"But for sure, we would like to win something and do well at this World Cup.

"We have one dream and that is to win something together I think because we've worked so hard to get to this level, it would be important to achieve something together."

Kalou also revealed that Kolo Toure used to wake him up at five o’clock every morning when both were still with the academy at Asec Mimosas in Abidjan.

"He (Toure) wanted to go and train one against one," he added.

"We always want to lift each other and make each other get better. I can't thank Kolo enough for knocking on my door every morning.”

Ivory Coast have been drawn with Japan, Colombia and Greece in Group C.

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