Monday Sep 04, 2017. 13:00
Ivory Coast needed to show patience in their 3-0 win over Gabon this past weekend, according to veteran attacker and captain Gervinho.
The Elephants claimed a comfortable win in Libreville to take a step closer to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Marc Wilmots’ side had to wait until eight minutes into the second half to break the deadlock through Max Gradel, before a late brace from Seydou Doumbia secured the three points.
"We had a very good first period. We just missed goals and we stayed patient until they arrived,” explained Gervinho in the wake of the win.
“We are a team that plays football, and we need a lot of space. As soon as there was the first goal, everything was settled.
“We took pleasure offensively, we defended together. That was the most important thing.
“After that there was no fear in attack, because we have many qualities at this level.”
Gervinho is set to lead the Elephants again when they host Gabon for the return match in Bouake on Tuesday evening.