IVORY Coast will face off with South Africa
in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group D match at the Al Salam Stadium
in Egypt today.
The Elephants are widely considered as one
of the tournament favourites, having clinched their second AFCON title in 2015.
One of their star players is Olympique
Lyonnais striker Maxwel Cornet, who is confident that Ivory Coast can go all
the way and lift their third trophy this year.
“We have qualified for this 2019 AFCON.
We will really go to bring back the cup. It’s normal. We will give everything
there,” Cornet told Foot Mercato.
“It’s for the whole people, a whole
nation. Given the disillusionment after the non-qualification for the 2018
World Cup, we are really keen to show the Ivorians that they can all count on
Ivory Coast head coach Ibrahim Kamara will
also look to Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.
Meanwhile, South Africa are making their
return to the finals after missing the last tournament and they have been
crowned Afcon champions once in 1996.
Dean Furman, the South Africa central
midfielder, who is on the books of SuperSport United, has explained why Bafana
Bafana are not the favourites to win this year’s tournament.
“I don’t think we are favourites.
There are certain traditional powerhouses of African football but we are happy
with where we are, we know we have quality in this team,” Furman said.
“We are in a strong group involving
Morocco and Ivory Coast and not discarding a strong Namibia side.”
Furman is a key player in South Africa head
coach Stuart Baxter’s squad, while Brighton and Hove Albion forward Percy Tau
is Bafana’s dangerman.
In head-to-head stats, Ivory Coast and
South Africa have clashed six times.
South Africa are undefeated against Ivory Coast, having recorded two wins while four games ended in a draw. – Backpage TXT
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