Ivory Coast plays Monday its first group match against Togo. As one of the tournament favorites, the Ivorians should obviously win this match, but a surprise is never far away at the Africa Cup.
Ivory Coast: Will gold
Ivory Coast is an established name in African football. The West African country managed to defeat two years ago, after a thrilling penalty shootout Ghana and its history as for the second time to win the African Nations Cup. Ivory Coast is also for the 2017 edition of one of the favorites, if not the favorite for the win. The selection in each line excellent players, even after the departure of players like Drogba and the Toure brothers. The team is coached by Frenchman Dussuyer.
The qualification yielded surprisingly almost more problems for Les Éléphants. The Ivorians were not in a group of four, but one of three, with Sierra Leone and Sudan as opponents. The orange-Greens played no less than three of the four group matches and went right to the narrowest of margins to the finals in Gabon. Striker Bony is one of the bigger names in the selection, but it is still questionable whether he gets a place in the match against Togo. In the last friendly match before this tournament, against Uganda (3-0), Kalou, Zaha and Kodjia formed the three-man attack.
Probable lineup Ivory Coast
Gbohouo; Aurier cannon Bailly, Traoré; Die, Seri, kessie; Kalou, Zaha, Kodjia
Togo is a significantly less appealing name in African football. It is the land of striker Adebayor, but rarely to succeed him succeeded Togo. The most in Germany, where the West Africans with three defeats did little to impress striking achievement was the qualification for the 2006 World Cup. Adebayor after his departure from Crystal Palace club free player. Yet he is called up for this by AC coach Le Roy.
The Togolese did not win their qualifying group for this AC. Firstly, they had to leave Tunisia, but the eleven points achieved were enough as number two to be allowed to travel to Gabon. On Adebayor after the squad contains few household names. Togo will be in the difficult Group C, also Morocco and DR Congo as opponents get difficult. Seating for the quarterfinals, which Les Eperviers managed to achieve in 2013, will not be easy.