Ivory Coast vs Senegal by Isaiah
Ivory Coast reached the final of the previous Africa Nations Cup but lost from Zambia in penalty shootout. They became the first team in history that does not accept goals in a game, but they stayed with the bitterness of the second position. In 1992 they were crowned champions, but since then did not succeed.
Former French international midfielder Sabri Lamouchi is now their coach, replacing Francois Zahoui last spring. Their Football Association wanted a known name for their country, but chose Lamouchi, who had a great personality as a player. This is the last chance for Ivory Coast to achieve something good with the exceptional generation of players whose career comes to an end. Their goal is a clean victory over Senegal, so the repeat game to be more convenient.
All known names are available for Ivory Coast, in a roster where only Keita (Al-Sadd) and Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua) are not competing in European clubs, confirming how big quality team Ivocry Coast remains.
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Senegal was the big disappointment of the last Africa Nations Cup tournament, although they were full of experienced and quality players, they failed to qualify from the group stage. They have never won this tournament and their best performance was the presence in the final back in 2002.
There were lot of discussions with Frenchman Pierre Lechantre, who has worked in many African societies, to be found on the bench of Senegal, but they did not have a happy ending. Anyway, Joseph Koto, U23 coach of Senegal undertook the national team now. The successes of the young Senegalese were enough, and now he gets the baptism of fire for the big events. With him as coach, Senegal impressed at recent Olympic Games.
Senegal roster is complete and the presence of Sow (Fenerbahce), Ndoye (Lokomotiv), Toure (Monaco), Konate (Krasnodar), along with the offensive duo of Newcastle, Ba and Cisse, can not pass unnoticed. However, there is not only attack in football and that was noticed by Senegal in the last tournament, and tonight they should be careful in defense too.
Ivory Coast is the favorite, but Senegal have players who can play in tough games and are capable for positive results. I do no think that Senegal will fear their opponents, and they will chase the positive result. The pressure is on both teams, since they are two of the highest quality teams of Africa, and having in mind that they are both attacking oriented teams with great attacking players, we should see an open game with lot of goals there, offered at juicy odds. I will do an exception and bet this with BetVictor, as Bet365 or William Hill still not offering odds for this one.
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