One of the most fascinating sub-plots of Africa’s performance at the upcoming World Cup will be the Cote d’Ivoire’s third appearance at the global high table.
A decade ago, a prodigious group of youngsters emerged from the ASEC Mimosas academy in Abidjan. This collection of players went on to form the backbone of the Ivorian side that will compete in Brazil this summer.
In the intervening period, the players have accrued numerous individual and domestic honours while also helping the Elephants to qualify for their first two World Cups.
They have managed neither to win a Cup of Nations title nor escape from the group stage of the World Cup. Could the Golden Generation, at this late stage of their narrative, finally achieve success on the international arena?
To try and answer that question, we'll look at the Ivorian side compared to four other African Golden Generations.