- Didier Drogba tips Cote D’Ivoire’s historic exploits over Senegal to manifest in their R16 fixture on Monday.
- The ivorian legend believes the Elephants still stand a chance, despite their unimpressive show in the group stages of the competition
- Cote D’Ivoire will meet with Senegal for the third time in the Africa cup of nations, the team won the two previous encounters, with the last dating as far back as 1986
Ivorian legend Didier Drogba has expressed optimism over Cote D’Ivoire’s R16 clash against the Teranga lions of Senegal.
When asked about his team’s chances, the two-time African Footballer of the Year highlighted Cote D’Ivoire’s historic exploits over the 2021 winners, and expressed his belief that the current group of players would continue the record.
“We still have a chance to revive ourselves. If the wind blows, seize it. Senegal has never won against Ivory Coast. I repeat, Senegal has never won against Ivory Coast. Give everything you have on the field. We support you.” He says
Indeed, the two teams had met nine times before, with Cote D’Ivoire winning six and drawing three. The most memorable of these meetings was in 2012, when Cote D’Ivoire eliminated Senegal from the AFCON qualifiers, after a 6-2 aggregate win, which sparked a riot in Dakar.
Drogba’s speech will have a profound impact on the players, who will be inspired to continue this record.
Cote D’Ivoire have a talented squad, with players such as Seko Fofana, Franck Kessie, Wilfried Zaha, Maxwel Cornet, and Eric Bailly, who can make a difference on the pitch.
The team qualified for the R16 as one of the best third place, thanks to their 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau.
Senegal, on the other hand, have been the most impressive team in the tournament so far, winning all three of their group games by comfortable margins, and scoring eight goals while conceding one.
The Teranga Lions have shown their quality and depth, with goals coming from all over, and only Lamine Camara scoring more than once. Senegal have a well-balanced side, with a solid defense, a dynamic midfield, and a lethal attack.
The match will be a clash of titans, and a clash of styles, as the hosts will try to use their flair and creativity, while the visitors will rely on their discipline and efficiency.
This will also be a battle of the legends, as Drogba will try to inspire his country from the stands, while Cisse will try to guide his country from the bench. The match will be a test of nerves, skills, and wills, and will be decided by the finest of margins.
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