Friday, June 18, 2010

Emmanuel Eboue is positive ahead of Brazil

New Arsenal fan favourite Emmanuel Eboue, is gearing up for World Cup action, as he attempts to help the sleeping elephants recover some much-needed momentum as their d-day cracker with Group G leaders Brazil approaches.

Eboue, is arguably an outstanding player in the midst of his equally talented team-mates, who like you and me have come to appreciate the Ivorien's transformation, from an ordinary full back to an impressive team contributor, who can switch from defence to attack within the twinkling of an eye.

Just like their West African counterpart (Nigeria), the Ivory coast and many other countries hardly tolerate mistakes, especially tactical errors commited by their respective coaching staffs.

As can be seen, in the case of their former manager Valid Halilhodzic, who fell out of favour with the 'powers that be' for failing (with an array of stars at his disposal) to attain the country's lofty expectations at the Afcon.

However, Eboue thinks Eriksson who is reportedly calm and slow to anger, has created an aura of positivity in the dressing room, which he believes is necessary for their progress: "We are happy to get Eriksson as our manager because now when we play we are more solid and more compact."

The player who can also play on the right wing as an attacking midfielder, is guaranteed a place in the team ahead of their clash with Brazil on Sunday.

He happily divulged their strategic plans for the must-win game: "Our objective is to defend well first.

"Every player feels very well and we've got confidence in ourselves."

Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson took over the reins of power at the helm of Ivory Coast' football affairs three months ago, after previous manager Halilhodzic, refused to extend his contract with the Elephants due to some unknown issues.