Elephants looking to trample Leone Stars

Elephants looking to trample Leone Stars
Serey Die of Ivory Coast, Christian Kouame of Ivory Coast and Simon Deli of Ivory Coast celebrate after Ivory Coast beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Jan 15, 2022. 14:00

Ivory Coast will be looking to make it two wins from two in Group E when they face Sierra Leone at the Japoma Stadium on Sunday, January 16.

Kick-off is at 6pm CAT (SA, GMT+2)

Patrice Beaumelle’s side top their group by two points after defending champions Algeria failed to break down a stubborn Leone Stars on Tuesday.

The Ivorians were crowned champions of Africa as recently as 2015 to add to their success of 1992. They were runners-up in 2006 and 2012 and reached the quarter-finals last time out in Egypt.

Sierra Leone qualified for the showpiece event for only the third time in their history following back-to-back appearances in 1994 and 1996.

John Keister’s team gave themselves every chance of advancing to the knockout stages for the first time after holding the tournament favourites to a goalless draw in their group opener.

In head-to-head meetings, Cote d’Ivoire are undefeated in their four previous encounters, having recorded two wins and two draws. Their most recent clash finished 1-1 during the 2017 AFCON qualifying campaign.

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