One of the key narratives to emerge from the 2013 Cup of Nations was the deterioration and the capitulation of the Ivory Coast and their much-heralded Golden Generation. The team has been afforded a decade of opportunities to right the injustices and inelegant exits of tournaments past, but have failed at every attempt…their latest elimination coming at the hands of eventual champions Nigeria.
With many of the squad now approaching the twilight of their careers, perhaps the time has come for an overhaul of the team, and an injection of fresh blood. It might be argued, that with another opportunity spurned, this renovation is needed in order for the team to advance once more.
This article considers five players who may well be part of the new breed of Ivorians, the men who will right the wrongs of their forefathers and lead the Elephants to glory. As one Ivorian Generation comes to its termination, another is ready to rise from the ashes.