It is an exciting quarter-finals! The great team of Ivory Coast meets the fragile one of Nigeria.
Manchester City's middle fielder, African double Ballon d'Or knows that his country is the favorite of this Afcon

Ivory Coast wants to take revenge on his lost final last year against Zambia.
Yaya Touré, one of Ivory Coast's stars just entrust his collegues of that only God will decide ...

"It will be a very difficult match. We will focus on that. Nigeria is full of great and good players. We believe in ourselves. If this will be our year? I do not know. Only God knows. We pray, and we did our best on the field.

"There are 3 more games to play, we hope that everything will be all right. It would be a great opportunity for us, who have won many times with our clubs. We were expecting this for nearly ten years; it would be a fantastic achievement. But everything is in the hands of God, and we hope that this time will be the right one "

Elephants are treating their Afcon quarter-final against fellow heavyweights Nigeria like a title match as the tournament favourites bid to end a decade of disappointment.

The West African giants set up Sunday's clash in Rustenburg after the Ivorians topped Group D, while Nigeria finished second in Group C.

"This match against Nigeria will be like another final," defender Kolo Toure said after Ivory Coast drew 2-2 in their last group match against Algeria on Wednesday.

"Nigeria is a top team, they have great players. We know it's going to be a very, very tough game. We need to concentrate, try not to make too many mistakes."
"If we believe in ourselves, I think we can do it."

For a fifth successive tournament, the Elephants are favourites to win the title but Africa's top-ranked team have failed to live up to expectations on the four previous occasions.

"Winning this tournament would be massive for us. We've been waiting some 10 years to do this, so this would be a huge achievement," Toure added.

"We are just praying and doing our best on the pitch like we did for the first three games. But everything is in the hands of God and we just hope that this time will be our time."

Older members of the nation's exalted generation like Didier Drogba, Kolo Toure, Didier Zokora and Emmanuel Eboue are making one last realistic attempt to win the trophy that has eluded the country since 1992.

They struggled in their first match of the tournament when they edged Togo 2-1 but have since shown all the qualities of a title-winning team, beating Tunisia 3-0 and drawing against Africa's second-ranked team, Algeria.

Even captain Drogba displayed glimpses of his old powerful self in the final group match, his perseverance paying off as he steered home a header.

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