"The national team means a lot to this country. I think that today - and I choose my words carefully here - it is Cote d’Ivoire’s only unifying force. All our ethnic groups are now represented in the team - Baoules, Betes, and so on. They are all there. So there’s a complete cross-section in the Cote d’Ivoire team and I think that it’s the only good example there is today. We’re trying to move forward, we’re trying to get back on our feet, to show people through football that we can live together."
- Didier Drogba