African Cup of Nations glory for his country and a top four place in the Premier League for his club – that’s Kolo Toure’s targets for the rest of the season.
The Manchester City defender believes the Ivory Coast have a good chance of success in Angola over the next month, and he believes City will remain on course for their aims this term.
The Ivory Coast face Togo, Ghana and Burkina Faso in the group stages, which kick off on January 10, and he says: “I think we have a very good chance this time.
“It will be difficult, of course, but we have some great players in the likes of Didier Drogba and Salamon Kalou so we are hopeful.”
Whilst always proud to represent his country, especially in the African Cup of Nations, Toure admits the timing of the tournament, from a personal point of view, is not ideal.
The departure of Mark Hughes and the arrival of Roberto Mancini have seen City firmly in the spotlight, and the start under the Italian has been impressive.
“It is a little difficult for me going away for the tournament so soon after the new manager has taken over at City,” said the former Arsenal man.
“But I have every confidence in my City teammates and, hopefully, by the time I come back we are still in a good position and on course for a top four place.”