Kolo ready for Robinho reunion
- 09 June 2010 11:17
- Posted by David Clayton
City skipper Kolo Toure is champing at the bit for the World Cup to begin and believes Ivory Coast can surprise one or two people this summer.
The Blues' central defender is likely to come across club team-mate Robinho when the two nations meet on June 20 during one of the tournament's more intriguing clashes.
With Group G dubbed the ‘group of death’ due to the strength of at least three of the competing teams, Toure is still hopeful the Elephants will progress to the knockout stages in South Africa.
"We've got a talented squad, we're well prepared and we will work very hard, but we know it's going to be tough against Brazil and Portugal especially," he said.
Of course my team-mates and I have played against many of the Portuguese and Brazilian players before and I know Robinho well from City, so we know what to expect
"North Korea are much less familiar to us and are something of an unknown quantity. If we can get through to the second round who knows who far we can go?"
Kolo is also keen to use the global platform he is on to help promote the United Against Malaria campaign which will be prominent throughout the tournament having suffered from the illness several times in the past.
"I hope people will understand that the World Cup is about more than just football," he said.
"For one month the world's attention will be on the continent of Africa and we must use this time to highlight some of the issues that Africa faces, like malaria.
"There are a number of other people like myself helping to raise awareness of malaria, such as Landon Donovan, Patrick Vieira and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
"The United Against Malaria campaign is bringing together a wide range of partners who are working to reduce deaths from malaria dramatically by 2015."