The stage is set at Charles Konan Banny Stadium for the clash of the Titans between Senegal and Ivory Coast. Senegal’s defence to their AFCON title set off to an excellent start by winning all their group phase match. They are the only nation to amass 9 points from three matches and have set a date with Ivory Coast in the knockouts.
The hosts, Ivory Coast, found themselves on the brink of an early departure from their event but fortunately secured a reprieve in the eleventh hour.
About the game
Senegal, finalists in the last two editions and reigning champions, showcased defensive prowess in their victory against Guinea. Coach Aliou Cisse returned to the dugout in time for the match after a hospital stay due to an infection following their previous game with Cameroon. Sadio Mane missed a crucial chance earlier in the game, but Senegal found the breakthrough as Seck’s powerful header secured a 1-0 lead.
Mane’s disallowed goal was followed by Ndiaye’s calm finish, sealing a 2-0 win. Senegal’s resilient defense, conceding only once in the group stage, remains a strong asset as they aim to defend their AFCON title.
Conversely, Cote d’Ivoire won the opening game against Guinea-Bissau but lost to Nigeria and Equitorial Guinea in subsequent games. The Elephants was thrashed 4-0 by Equatorial Guinea in a humiliating display, their heaviest home defeat in the nation’s football history. Yet, just when the curtain seemed ready to fall on their AFCON journey, fate intervened with Morocco’s win against Zambia, offering them a lifeline.
Two days after their defeat they sacked the team’s head coach, Jean-Louis Gasset. They will now proceed in the tournament under the guidance of interim coach Emerse Fae.
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This match present opportunity for the reigning champions to further their quest of successive title win with Ivory Coast seeking redemption. We expect an intriguing clash of emotions and moments of brilliance that could light up the streets of Abidjan.
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