The Elephants will not want to lose their chance to secure their lead in Group C with a win over Gambia, who are already eliminated
Danso, Samateh, Jagne, Jammeh
Savage, Gassama, Ceesay, Jaiteh
Bamba, Boka, Traore,
Tiote, Yaya, Ya,Serrey
Cote D’Ivoire are leading Group C on 7 points, with second placed Tanzania trailing by a single point, which means the Elephants have everything to do coming into the weekend’s hostilities. This calls for a must-win outing against their hosts Gambia, who have raked just one point from their three previous games.
A victory in Bakau over the Scorpions will power the Ivorians’ to 10 points, which will endure if Tanzania fall to Morocco in Marrakech, to keep Cote D’Ivoire still ahead.
Despite the absence of key players like Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Eboue, Gervinho and Kolo Toure, the Elephants squad remains star-studded with the presence of Vitesse forward Wilfried Bony, who was the top African scorer in Europe in the 2012-13 season.
However, the fiercer battle for Yaya Toure and Co. comes up in the next match day against Tanzania in Dar Es Salaam, which the Ivorians will surely bear in mind while taking on the Gambians.
After suffering a 3-0 whitewashing in Abidjan last March, will the Scorpions yield themselves to their visitors before their home fans this time?
|DID YOU KNOW?|
Gambia have not won any match in the New Year 2013.
Gambia coach Luciano Mancini was formerly an assistant coach of the team before replacing his boss Peter Bonu Johnson, who was demoted to assistant manager.
Gambia have never qualified for the Fifa World Cup, nor the Africa Cup of Nations.
Cote d'Ivoire's Didier Drogba will return to the Ivorian team in July for an international friendly according to coach Sabri Lamouchi.
Yaya Toure has refuted reports that he had not been on good terms with Didier Drogba for years.
The British ambassador in Abidjan visited the Elephants training session ahead of Gambia clash and especially chatted with players in the Premier League.