Wins for Ivory Coast and Tunisia

Jan 23, 2013
  • Gervinho scored Ivory Coast's opening goal.

It was not the skillful performance expected from from overwhelming favourites Ivory Coast when they took on Togo in Rustenburg in the opening game of Group D on Tuesday.

From the first whistle the defence looked shaky and this was highlighted as early as the third minute when a lapse in concentration saw Kolo Toure miss-kick the ball and thus gifted Emmanuel Adebayor a golden scoring chance. Luckily for the defender the Tottenham Hotspur striker did not take the chance.

Besides from the poor defending, the passing of the Cote d’Ivoire side was definitely not up to scratch as they gifted possession back to Togo too often with some miss-placed passes.

Gervinho, Toure score in the West Africa derby 

The Elephants only saving grace was that of ‘Man of the Match’ Gervinho and midfield maestro Yaya Toure. The two of them were the shining light as they created a goal each and scored one as well. 

But that was about as good as it got for the Ivoirians and their coach, Sabri Lamouchi, knows exactly how lucky his side were to beat Togo 2-1.

“The first feeling which comes to me is one of relief, because only the win counts. But I don’t forget that it was our worst game since I am in charge,” said Lamouchi after the match.

“We lacked confidence, we lacked concentration, and it has to teach us a lesson.This opening game, we had to win it. We won, but we will learn from our very poor performance.”

In the Togo camp, they will feel bitterly disappointed about conceding an 88th minute goal that saw them sink to defeat. But as usual they relied too much on Adebayor to lead them to victory.

 Tunisia 1 Algeria 0


Talismanic midfielder Youssef Msakni proved his worth with a last-gasp strike to aid Tunisia to a lone goal victory over rivals Algeria on Tuesday evening in Rustenburg.

The Lekhwiya forward scored the match winner on the stroke of full time with a curling effort that beat Rais M’bolhi as the Carthage Eagles got off to a perfect start at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Algeria dominated the Group D encounter, the first ever meeting between the two sides at the Africa Cup of Nations, but were punished by the late goal for failing after to convert the chances that came their way earlier in the game.