May 27, 2024
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In just 24 days, La Cote d’Ivoire will host the African Cup of Nation (AFCON) for only the second time in history.

The two time champions (1992 and 2015) have been drawn in Group A alongside Nigeria, Guinea Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea.

The tournament, commencing on January 13, 2024, holds special significance for the Ivorians who are seeking their third continental trophy.

Led by the experienced Max-Alain Gradel and stars like Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastian Haller, the Elephants, are determined to annex the continental title for the third time.

Cote d’Ivoire’s Group A Matches:

– January 13, 2024: Cote d’Ivoire vs. Guinea-Bissau, 1900 GMT, Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Ebimpe

– January 18, 2024: Cote d’Ivoire vs. Nigeria, 1600 GMT, Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium in Ebimpe

– January 22, 2024: Equatorial Guinea vs. Cote d’Ivoire, 1600 GMT, Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Ebimpé

Qualification Journey:

Cote d’Ivoire gained automatic qualification by virtue of their status as hosts of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Player to Watch: Sebastien Haller

Seb Haler has scored eight times in twenty-one appearances for Ivory Coast

Sebastien Haller’s story as a cancer survivor is an inspiring one. Winning that battle won him a dozen more admirers but he is well known for his goalscoring prowess.

Having fully recovered from testicular cancer, the Borussia Dortmund served a reminder of his goalscoring skills by scoring scoring eight goals and providing five assists during the 2022/23 season.

The former Ajax striker is renowned for his great hold-up play, shooting technique, precision, excellent movements in the box, and, as his successful recovery from cancer showed, determination.

Coach: Jean-Louis Gasset

Until his appointment by Ivory Coast in 2022, Jean-Louis Gasset, had never taken a coaching job in international football.

However, he is still a known name in football, having coached at top level mostly as an assistant coach. From 2010 to 2012 Gasset served as an assistant to then France national team coach, Laurent Blanc. He also worked as an assistant coach at Paris Saint Germain, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Saint Ettiene and Espanyol.

In 2017, Gasset was made the substantive coach at Montpellier, a position he held from January 30 to May 23 of the same year.

His second substantive coaching job lasted a bit longer when he coached Saint Ettiene from December 30, 2017 to June 30, 2019.

Gasset is known to be fixated with tactical dynamism and his in-game management. His teams often set up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, that can change to 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 depending on the demands of the match. Other times, Gasset’s Ivory Coast have executed a 3-4-2-1 that metamorphoses into 3-5-2 or 4-4-2.

Gasset places premium on sustaining possession and pressing to win back possession as soon as it is lost.

Cote d’Ivoire’s AFCON History

– 1965: Bronze medalist
– 1968: Bronze medalist
– 1986: Bronze medalist
– 1992: Winner
– 1994: Bronze medalist
– 2006: Finalist
– 2012: Finalist
– 2015: Winner

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