Djakpa looking for success with Elephants
Cote d’Ivoire defender Constant Djakpa said that even though the Elephants will miss star player Didier Drogba, the new generation of players can bring them success.
Chelsea’s Drogba recently announced his retirement from international football, after a lengthy career with his national team that saw him earn more than 100 caps and scoring in excess of 60 goals for the West African country.
The Eintracht Frankfurt star Djakpa told Kick Socca that even though Drogba’s generation had produced a number of brilliant players for the national team like Drogba and the Toure brothers (Kolo and Yaya), they had not won any cups for their country.alt
“It is very difficult for my country, we are looking for a result. It is now up to the new generation to win something. There is the Africa Cup of Nations in January in Morocco and I think we can do something good for the country.”
Djakpa, who was in Cote d’Ivoire’s World Cup squad and played in the 2-1 win against Japan, said that the side would miss Drogba.
“But after Drogba there is still football. Before Drogba, there were many, many players. Sometimes you can play with some big stars, but also they have to go.”
The 27-year-old said that the players were not told about Drogba’s decision in advance.
“It was shock for me. It was his choice. He has a lot of experience and he can do what he wants to do.”
Djakpa, who started his career with Stella Club in Abidjan, said he was enjoying playing in the Bundesliga, where he has been since 2008 when he first signed for Bayer Leverkusen.
“The Bundesliga is very disciplined and the stadiums are often full. It is a great atmosphere and it is good to play football there.”
He said that he would like to play in the Premier League at some stage of his career.
“Germany and England are my top choices. In England, I could see myself playing for any club if they are good. But I have a contract with Frankfurt for two years and I want to concentrate on that.”
Djakpa played in Frankfurt’s opening match of the season – a 2-0 German Cup victory against fourth division club Viktoria Berlin. He said that he was now looking forward to the league beginning.
“We prepared well. We don’t have any injured players and there are just a few minor things we need to sort out.”
He added that it was a huge change from the World Cup to domestic football.
“To play at the World Cup and then to play against a fourth division club is very different.
“When you play against a small league team you think you are better than them. But they can still beat you because football, you know, is not exact.”