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Gervinho: Golden generation can still deliver

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GERVINHO REMAINS confident that the Ivory Coast’s ‘golden generation’ can still win a major trophy, despite falling short in the African Cup of Nations this year.

The Elephants went into the tournament as the favourites, but were knocked out by the eventual winners of the competition Nigeria in the quarter-finals.

The Arsenal forward was also part of the team that went out on penalties to Zambia in finals in 2012. However, Arsenal striker Gervinho remains upbeat about his country’s chances of winning a major trophy in the near future.

“I have bad memories about (losing to Nigeria) Gervinho told Arsenal.com. “It was one of the worst games the team played, we were not in it. It was a bad match and Nigeria deserved the trophy.

“This one is very painful because we never thought we would get knocked out in the quarter finals. Each year we get disappointed but we learn at the same time.”

“I don’t have any worries about Ivory Coast football, we have many players playing for big clubs, in big tournaments. There are new recruits with lots of skill, they just need to be trusted. There is a new excellent generation coming and I am not worried about it.”

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