Kolo Toure has admitted to skysports.com that Ivory Coast have 'some regrets' over their World Cup campaign.
The Ivorians finished third in a difficult group that included Brazil, Portugal and North Korea, after garnering four points from a possible nine.
Manchester City stopper Toure has revealed his understandable disappointment at his country's failure to reach the second round in South Africa.
But the 29-year-old remains optimistic of Ivory Coast's future prospects, stressing the squad's potential.
He said: "We have regrets over some details. In another group we might have qualified as we gained four points.
"We were just unlucky to be in a group of the first and third ranked Fifa nations.
"Hopefully in four years' time we will be much better and will emulate Ghana by going as far as we can. We have some exciting talent coming through.
"We played well tactically against Portugal. Against Brazil we were unlucky to concede the first goal. The second goal was against the rules, a handball.
"We have done okay and will have more chances in the future."