Arsenal forward Gervinho wants Africa Cup of Nations redemption

The Ivory Coast international is desperate to make amends for his decisive penalty miss in the final of last year's competition and go one better in 2013
Gervinho is determined to fire the Ivory Coast to Africa Cup of Nations glory, after his penalty miss in last year's final cost the Elephants.

The Arsenal forward was the villain as his fluffed effort handed Zambia their first Afcon title in a thrilling 8-7 shootout win.

However, the 25-year-old is confident ahead of this year's competition and is convinced that his country will be successful in South Africa.

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"I missed my penalty last year but this time I will score the winner to offer the trophy to Ivory Coast. I have faith in myself and my team-mates. This year will be the one for us," he told the Gunners' official website.

"It was very tough. I tried not to think about it. It should have been a great moment and it turned into a nightmare. It was frustrating. My aim is to redeem myself this time and I know I will do it.

"We will aim to win every game until the end.

"We are not getting carried away and thinking of the final yet but we want to stay focused for each game, and not panic.

"We learnt a lot from the defeat last season. We know we need to avoid the penalty kicks as we don’t have good takers, especially me."

The Ivory Coast open their Cup of Nations campaign against Togo, while Tunisia and Algeria complete Group D.