Tag: Ivory Coast

Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal crashed out of Wafu

Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal crashed out of Wafu

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Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire only have themselves to blame after crashing out of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations following their goalless draw in their final Group B game at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Tuesday, September 19. Senegal came out the blocks firing and created the first chance on goal in the opening minute when Assane Mbodji met a cross from the right, showing good skill to bring it under control before shooting wide from 14-yards out. The action quickly switched to the other end of the field when Ivorian Babou Diarra saw his powerful long range free-kick brilliantly saved by the keeper in the fifth minute. The next opportunity in front of goal only came in the 25th minute when Daouda Dieme cut into the Cote d’Ivoire box from the left flank, beating two defenders before
Charbel Gomez goal stun Elephants

Charbel Gomez goal stun Elephants

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A goal from Charbel Gomez handed Benin a shock 1-0 win over Cote d’Ivoire in a Group B, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, September 15. The first scoring opportunity came in the 15th minute when Ivorian Inza Diabate brilliantly controlled a cross from the right on his chest and volleyed goal wards, but the Benin keeper made a spectacular close range save to deny. Six minutes later Fulgenc Aka Essis met a cross from the right at the back post, but his eight-yard header was acrobatically stopped by the Benin keeper once again. Despite being on the back foot for the most part, Benin took the lead in the 40th minute, very much against the run of play, when a shot from Marcellin Koupo was saved into the path of Charbel Gomez who duly tapped
Kolo Toure joins Celtic as technical assistant after ending playing career

Kolo Toure joins Celtic as technical assistant after ending playing career

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Kolo Toure says he "couldn't be happier" after returning to Celtic to join the club's coaching staff as a technical assistant. Toure, 36, made 17 appearances for Celtic last season before ending his playing career to focus on coaching. "This is a new chapter in my career, a new beginning. The football is over now," Toure told the Celtic website. "I can officially say I am retired from playing and now I am fully concentrating on coaching." In his new role, the former Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City defender will be "supporting on all first-team coaching matters" and using his knowledge to assist Celtic's various youth levels. After taking up a coaching role with the Ivory Coast national set-up in the summer, Toure is relishing his coaching opportunity in the Scottish ...
WAFU Cup: Ivory Coast seek Benin scalp

WAFU Cup: Ivory Coast seek Benin scalp

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Ivory Coast will open their Group B campaign at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations with a match against Benin at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday evening, kick-off at 18h00 local time. The Ivorians were forced to scrap for their place in the last eight of the competition, as they needed penalties to overcome Togo after a goalless draw in their knockout round clash on Tuesday. Goalkeeper Jean Malick Ble Zadi proved to be the hero after saving two penalties and scoring one himself to help his side prevail 4-3 in the shootout. “I’m congratulating my boys for fighting and give a chance for our team to go to the group stage,” Elephants coach Ibrahim Kamara said after the match, while also acknowledging that their main aim at the WAFU competition is prepare a strong side
Paul Abalo: We didn’t have ambition to participate

Paul Abalo: We didn’t have ambition to participate

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Togo coach Jean Paul Abalo has admitted that his side didn’t have any major goals for the WAFU competition, seeing it more as a chance to give his players experience. The Togolese were eliminated by Cote D'Ivoire on penalties after recording a 0-0 scoreline at the end of the final whistle. “Coming here we didn’t have any ambition to participate in the competition, but just to prepare our team for the next challenges coming our way,” Paul Abalo explained. “We regret the organisation of the tournament, because traveling for more than one hour to come and play just one game is not something that encourages the team.” Meanwhile Togo captain Maklibe Kouloun has described his team’s exit from the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations as ‘painful’. The Sparrow Hawks held Ivory Coast to a go
2018 World Cup: Ivory Coast at home by Gabon

2018 World Cup: Ivory Coast at home by Gabon

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Ivory Coast's hopes of reaching a fourth straight World Cup took a knock when beaten 2-1 at home by Gabon. The slip-up meant Morocco would have topped Group C with a win in Mali but they missed a penalty in a 0-0 draw. In Bouake, Axel Meye fired home before Southampton's Mario Lemina curled home a beauty after 29 minutes. Gabon's Lloyd Palun was sent off in first-half stoppage time but the Ivorians could not draw level despite Maxwell Cornet's volley near the hour. Ivory Coast stay on seven points from four games, while Morocco move up to six points following their draw. The Bamako encounter was hugely entertaining despite its goalless status, with Mali goalkeeper Djigui Diarra superbly keeping out Hakim Ziyech's 72nd-minute penalty. Shortly after, Morocco substitute Ouss...
Algeria beaten in Zambia as Ivory Coast win in Gabon

Algeria beaten in Zambia as Ivory Coast win in Gabon

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A Brian Mwila brace helped Zambia keep their 2018 World Cup qualification dream alive with a 3-1 win over Algeria on Saturday, leaving the Desert Foxes' hopes of reaching Russia in tatters. The result in Lusaka moves Zambia up to second in Group B after three matches, five points behind leaders Nigeria. Algeria - who were without play maker Riyad Mahrez - are bottom of the standings on just one point. Elsewhere, Ivory Coast were 3-0 winners in Gabon to go top of Group C. Zambia's Brian Mwila scored the first of his two goals against Algeria from a powerful header off a well-placed Augustine Mulenga cross in the sixth minute. Mwila added a second after 32 minutes, this time with a close-range shot after Algerian goalkeeper and captain, Rais Mbolhi, failed to keep hold of the ...
Morocco thrash Mali as Tunisia and Cape Verde also win

Morocco thrash Mali as Tunisia and Cape Verde also win

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Morocco overwhelmed Mali 6-0 in Rabat on Friday night as the 2018 World Cup qualifiers continued across Africa. The victory put Herve Renard's side top of Group C, one point above Ivory Coast who play in Gabon on Saturday. Elsewhere on Friday night, Tunisia defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-1 to move three points clear at the top of Group A, and there was a shock for South Africa as they fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Cape Verde in Praia. Dutch-born Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech marked his return to the Atlas Lions side with two goals as they went to the top of Group C with a 6-0 home win over Mali in Rabat. Ziyech had previously fallen out with Morocco coach Herve Renard, but the two met in July and reconciled. Ziyech put Morocco ahead from the penalty spot in th...
Ivorian Dabila Ouattara set for Barcelona trials

Ivorian Dabila Ouattara set for Barcelona trials

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Sudanese giants, Al Hilal’s defender Soualio Dabila Ouattara has arrived in Spain for a tryout with FC Barcelona. Ouattara, 21, is an Ivorian center-back who only joined Hilal from Africa Sports in November last year. According to a statement by Al Hilal Club’s Secretary General, Emad Al Tayeb, the Sudanese club has been officially communicating with the management of Barcelona who requested the addition of Ouattara to their ranks over the past few weeks. “Barcelona has already sent a visa and a first class ticket onboard Turkish Airlines to conduct tests,” Al Tayeb said on the club’s official webpage on Sunday. Dabila Ouattara arrived in Spain on Monday following Hilal’s acceptance of the request by the Catalan giants. He will undergo observation at the Barca ‘B’ side
Olarenwaju Kayode: Nigerian set to sign for Man City

Olarenwaju Kayode: Nigerian set to sign for Man City

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Manchester City are set to sign Nigeria international Olarenwaju Kayode from Austria Vienna on a four-year deal and send him on a season-long loan to Spanish side Girona. The 24-year-old striker finished as the top scorer in Austria's top flight last season with 17 goals in 33 games. Kayode had been linked with a move to Newcastle United. Four other City players are to spend the 2017-18 season at newly-promoted La Liga side Girona. Brazilian £10.7million midfielder Douglas Luiz, right-back Pablo Maffeo, midfielder Aleix Garcia and Colombian winger Marlos Moreno have all signed loan deals with the Spanish club. City are yet to officially announce the deal for Kayode. He scored 24 goals in 48 matches for Vienna last season, including two goals in two games against Roma