Afcon 2017: Will the Elephants Maintain Size?

Ivory Coast are defending champions

In our continued series to analyse/preview the groups and teams heading to the 2017 Afcon finals in Gabon, stomach focus shifts to group C that has defending champions Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Morocco and Togo.

Morocco were the first team to book a ticket as early as March last year, Togo went through one of the two second best runners ticket.

Ivory Coast

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Ivory Coast look odd on favourite not only to top the group but reach the finals, however their qualifications path bridles the punters rush to stake. The Elephants won only one of their four games in a group that had Sierra Leone and Sudan.

The champions have featured in a record 21 and heading for the 22nd but boast of only two trophies, in 1992 and 2015. Ghana’s Black stars were the casualties in both finals.

Head coach Michel Dussuyer.

Michel Dussuyer was born May 28th 1959 in Cannes , France. He started his professional career at Cannes in 1978 to 81 before moving to Nice then Ales and back to his former team.

The 57 year old boasts of vast experience on the African continent. He led Guinea to their maiden quarter final appearance in Tunisia 2004 finals and repeated same fete last edition in Equatorial Guinea.

The former goalkeeper took over from fellow compatriot Herve Renard who led the nation to glory.

The Elephants have played two successful international friendlies so far against Sweden and Uganda. The team will miss services of Gervinho who is injured, former skipper Yaya Toure (retired after 2015 finals) but are boosted by Wilfred Zaha who switched allegiance from England.

Coach Dussuyer has a star studded pack able to cause havoc in Gabon including Solomon Kalou, Wilfred Zaha and Manchester united defender Eric Baily

Ivory Coast fixture

January 16
Ivory Coast vs Togo

January 20
Ivory Coast vs  DR Congo

January 24
Morocco vs  Ivory Coast

All games at the Stade d’Oyem, Oyem


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