Ivory Coast had no rhythm to destabilise Togo, says Michel Dussuyer

Ivory Coast had no rhythm to destabilise Togo, says Michel Dussuyer
Jonathan Kodji of Ivory Coast challenged by Kossi Agassa of Togo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Ivory Coast and Togo at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 16 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jan 17, 2017. 11:00

Ivory Coast head coach Michel Dussuyer was left disappointed by his side's lack of quality in their first 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) game on Monday.

The Elephants, who are the defending champions, were held to a goalless draw by Togo in their first Group C game which was played in the Gabonese city of Oyem.

The Frenchman tactician felt that his star-studded side lacked the mobility and technique to penetrate the Togolese defence and score on the night.

“There was no quality and we lacked mobility. This was the main reason for our disappointment this evening," Dussuyer told the media.

"Throughout the match, it was not easy for us. This lack of opportunity was the lack of mobility and techniques were lacking.

“It was very hot and we had no rhythm to destabilise Togo, who were well prepared. Our expectation is that we have to assert our game plan and we had no solution today," he added.

“For them to be so well organised, it complicated our strategy. My players were unable to make three passes. There was no collective action. We are not satisfied at all.”

The Elephants will now take on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who beat Morocco 1-0 in their first Group C game, on Friday evening.



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