Our van won't start!
- 11 Jun 06, 08:18 PM
A CAR PARK, TROISDORF - The problem with Svan, our mobile home, is that it won't start.
The Elephants team comprised the players that did not figure against Argentina on Saturday and dished out a 9-0 hammering in a 30-minutes each-way match.
Ricco and I then made our way back to Svan and prepared to head off to Frankfurt. Several hours later, with the time just gone nine in the evening here in Germany, we remain in a less than picturesque car park.
Several phone calls culminated in a conversation with a breakdown firm in France and a mechanic is now, fingers- crossed, on his way.
I just hope that the mechanic is not coming all the way from France otherwise it could be a very long night!
Ricco and I only decided to come here to Troisdorf, close to Cologne, earlier today and, frankly, I'm starting to wish we hadn't bothered.
Having said that, the match was entertaining in a totally one-sided way.
The locals packed out the ground ages before kick-off but the Ivory Coast boys did not turn up until after the scheduled kick-off time - the match eventually starting almost an hour late.
As if to make up for lost time, the Elephants opened the scoring in the second minute and led 7-0 at the break.
Arouna Kone completed a hat-trick inside 15 minutes and the Troisdorf keeper was put out of his misery at the break, failing to appear for the second half.
Didier Drogba and the other big names watched from the dugout and, after the final whistle, the Chelsea striker caused a wave of excitement as he wandered around the edge of the ground patiently signing autographs - including a 'Fletch and Ricco' Sport Relief T-shirt.
Click here to watch the video.
Drogba, incidentally, had a bit of a limp after apparently picking up a knock to his ankle against Argentina.
Eventually, the locals, pleased with their chance to watch some World Cup players at such close quarters, filed out of the stadium, followed shortly afterwards by the Ivory Coast team coach.
Alas for Ricco and I we could only look on jealously.