While fans and officials in Cote d’Ivoire were grumbling on Wednesday about their national team’s goalless draw against Guinea in an international friendly played in Abidjan, the Syli National coach Michel Dussuyer was rejoicing over the exploits of his men to hold the giants to a draw at their home ground.
The Frenchman told a press conference late Wednesday that the scoreless outcome was a win for Guinea, considering the high calibre of the Ivorian team and the fact that the match was played at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium – the Elephants’ traditional home ground.
“Playing a scoreless draw against Cote d’Ivoire is a very good result for us, even a win,” Dussuyer said. “We had the intention to cart away with a favourable outcome. We wanted to break the jinx of always losing to the Elephants.
“We know they have top players, but my defence was able to fend off their attacks and we could have even scored if not for the bad state of the turf. The Elephants are no longer a formidable side for us, we are going home very satisfied,” he added.
Cote d’Ivoire coach Francois Zahoui hit back at his critics on Thursday, saying he had to face a very tough and determined Guinean team and that his players did their best, despite the absence of veterans such as captain Didier Drogba, the Toure brothers and Salomon Kalou.
However, the Guinea coach said he was also hit by the absence of play-maker Pascal Feindouno and Genoa’s Kevin Constant.