Holder Ivory Coast will be looking for a hugely better performance at the African Nations Cup when they face the Democratic Republic of Congo in Oyem on Friday.
The talented Ivorian squad set up the going hard against Togo in their opening Group C game on Monday and a goalless draw represented a indifferent start to the tournament.
We did not mix all the ingredient to claim more than a draw. It will be necessary to approach this very important match against DR Congo with a more victorious mindset, their coach Michel Dussuyer told a news conference on Thursday.
The Congolese, looking for their first Nations Cup victory since 1974, top the Group C standings after beating Morocco 1-0 in their opener, albeit without dominating the game.
It was a blow for Morocco, who are looking to end their long drought since their single trophy success in 1976 and praised their coach Herve Renard away from the Ivorians, after he lead them to Nations Cup glory in 2015.
Morocco face Togo in the second Group C game in Oyem and another defeat could end Renard’s hopes of a Nations Cup hat-trick, after he also won in 2012 with Zambia.
Against Togo, there will not be a great mutiny in the team selection. It is necessary to dissociate the performance from the result. The content was good, the result was bad,” Renard said of their opening defeat.
On Thursday, Senegal became the first side to save a quarterfinal spot by beating Zimbabwe 2-0 in Franceville in Group B. Another of the pre-tournament favorites, Algeria, however, were beaten 2-1 by Tunisia and are on the brink of an early removal.