Goal.com South Africa caught up with the Ivory Coast defender Emmanuel Eboue and spoke with him about their 2-1 victory over Togo on Tuesday night
Eboue said that winning their opening game of the 2013 Afcon was crucial.
"We attacked them from the start and we always looked dangerous whenever pushing forward until we got that winning goal," said Eboue.
"It was important for us to win our first match to set high standards," he said.
The former Arsenal defender said that the rest of the players were never worried about the substitution of their star striker Didier Drogba when the score was 1-1.
Eboue said that they believed in the coach's plan when he replaced Drogba because Ivory Coast plays as a team.
"We were not worried at all when Drogba was replaced because we are not a one man team and that was proven when we got that winning goal in the dying minutes of the game against Togo," said Eboue.