Toure has no fear
Kolo Toure has told skysports.com that Ivory Coast "will have a big say" in the 'Group of Death'.
By Giscard Gourizro
Last Updated: 05/12/09 4:10pm
Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure says his side have not been fazed despite landing in the 'Group of Death' at next year's World Cup.
The African powerhouses were placed in Group G alongside five-time winners Brazil, 2006 semi-finalists Portugal and North Korea.
The draw means that the Ivory Coast, appearing in their second World Cup, will have to dump out one of world football's established powers in order to qualify.
At the last finals in Germany, the Ivory Coast were also handed a tough draw, with Argentina and the Netherlands joining them in Group C.
In that tournament, Toure's side could only manage a victory over group whipping boys Serbia and Montenegro, suffering narrow defeats to the top two finishers.
But the Manchester City centre-back says the squad have learned from that experience and are now better prepared to progress to the knockout stages.
"We have another difficult group like the last time in Germany, with two world class teams but this time we are more experienced and we will have a big say," he told skysports.com.
"The first game against Portugal is crucial, we need to get something out of that game. It will be a huge game for our nation.
"We have a difficult group but we can qualify, even if we are playing against the Brazilians and Portugal, who are considered the Brazil of Europe."