PUMA Football News Archive
The mood was wonderful behind the stadium, as the players from Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon got together before the big Unity Game.
They might be rivals in two weeks, but none of that could be seen when they got together and goofed around like kids.
We asked Gervinho why he changed his name from Gervais Yao Kouassi to 'Gervinho'?
"When you get in the football squad at ASEC Abidjan they give you a nickname," he explained. "Because we have a Brazilian coach, we're given Brazilian names. So, everyone in this current squad has a nickname: mine is Gervinho, his [pointing to his interpreting team-mate] is Kalouno. It's basically a variation of your name. My full name is Gervais Yao Kouassi, so the Gervinho comes from Gervais. For me, since then the name just stuck!"
PUMAFootball had an equally fun as intense day of travel as we have arrived to Gstaad in Switzerland. First we bumped into Didier Drogba for coffee and tea at the airport and chatted about the FA Cup and their new coach, Sven Goran Eriksson.
I don't know if we can win the Africa Cup of Nations - I hope so but there are a lot of good teams who will try to stop us.
We had a lot of work to qualify. We were frustrated after the Burkina Faso game as they didn't attack a lot and tactically they stayed compact. We needed to score one and we didn't, which forced us to win against Ghana to go through.
Didier Drogba is not afraid of much and that includes Emmanuel Eboué trying to stab him with a fork. Still that doesn't deter the mischievous full-back from trying to perforate his significantly bigger team-mate. Despite a sticky start to their Africa Cup of Nations thanks to a 0-0 draw with Burkina Faso, spirits are high in the Côte d'lvoire camp.