Gambia vs Ivory Coast by Isaiah
Gambia holds the last place in their group with one draw and two defeats so far. They are not competitive at all as most of their players are struggling in small team or substandard championships.
Italian coach Luciano Mancini was until recently the head coach of Gambia, but last week was demoted in the role of consultant and now head coach is Peter Bonu Johnson who makes his debut as coach of Gambia today.
To his first statements he said that Ivory Coast is the favorite and they are the big underdog but thhis relieves them from stress and they want to exploit on it. Their roster has several absences of players who have played an influential role in the past games, while striker Ceesay (FC Kairat) overcame his injury and will lead the attack.
Ivory coast has two victories and a draw so far and has naturally found in the first place of their group. The French coach Sabri Lamouchi is quite ambitious and tries to instill his own tactics in the team of Ivory Coast and he already made it clear that he wants to give opportunities to young players cause it is time to replace the veterans who struggle for years to the national team of Ivory Coast, so Tiene (PSG), Eboue (Galatasaray) and Drogba (Galatasaray) were not called. Striker Gervinho (Arsenal) is suspended, but there are solutions to their attack as Bony (Vitesse) impressed this season in the Dutch league.
We should not expect anything less than a victory of Ivory Coast, but according to the reports, the pitch of Independence stadium of Bacau is in terrible condition, so I do not expect Ivory Coast win to be easily done, especially when Gervinho, Eboue and Drogba will not play.