History is about to repeat itself with coach Herve Renard leading the Elephants to the final of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 in search of a second continental title. The Frenchman won The African Nations’ Cup in 2013 as with Zambia.
Ivory Coast booked their place in the final courtesy of a 3-1 win over DR Congo in their semi-final clash on Wednesday in Bata. Manchester City’s Midfield giant and Ivory Coast Captain Yaya Toure broke the deadlock in the 20th minute before the Leopards leveled the score through Dieudonne Mbokani three minutes later. The Elephants took the lead again with a superb finish by Gervinho just before half time before Serge Konan nailed victory in the second half.
It was the second time since 2012 that the Ivorians have reached the final. Coach Renard intimated that “the most important is to reach the final” despite the difficult conditions under which the feat was achieved against a tough Congolese side.
“I didn’t like our performance. We did not do most of the things well. It was a tough game,” he said at the post-match press conference. In the second half we played well because DR Congo were tired. Yaya Toure played very well and did a lot of sacrifices for the team.”
The Ivorians (winners 1992) have failed to live-up to their pre-tournament favourites’ billing since 2006 and the 46-year old Frenchman is hoping to guide them to the ‘promise land’.
“We will try to take the trophy to Abidjan,” the Frenchman concluded.
Ivory Coast will take on the winner of the Thursday’s Semi-final match (Ghana vs Equatorial Guinea) in Sunday’s final in Bata.