“Trust and believe in God. Work hard to achieve the best in life."
Cote D'Ivoire v Uganda on Wednesday at New York University Stadium
Former Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure (pictured) has advised the Uganda Cranes to work hard if they are to achieve their targets at the Africa Nations Cup finals that kick off this weekend in Gabon.
Uganda, who are grouped with Ghana, Egypt and Mali, will play Ivory Coast for their last international friendly on Wednesday.
They lost their first warm-up game against Tunisia (2-0) before following it up with wins against Slovenia (1-0), Slovakia (3-1) and Dubai-based club Masfoot (4-1).
And Coach Micho's men will have been pleased to receive some words of encouragement from the second-most capped player for the Ivory Coast.
Toure, 35, who made 118 appearances for the west African side from 2000 to 2015, told The Cranes to "trust and believe in God".
"I am happy to meet you all," he told the team when he paid them a visit at their hotel in Dubai.
"Trust and believe in God. Work hard to achieve the best in life. I wish you the best at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon."
His visit comes only hours ahead of the highly anticipated friendly at New York University Stadium.