SUN 17 SEPTEMBER 2017, 15:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

0 Niger
VS
0 Cote d'Ivoire

Niger take aim at the Elephants

Niger take aim at the Elephants
Abdoulaye Katkore Boureima of Niger challenged by Alhassane Ndao of Senegal during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Niger at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 15 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 13:00

Niger will look to take a major step toward the semifinals of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations when they meet the Ivory Coast on Sunday afternoon. The teams’ Group B clash is set for the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, kick-off at 15h00 local time.

Niger sprang a surprise at the WAFU tournament by defeating heavyweights Senegal 2-1 in their group opener on Friday. Hinsa Issoufou scored a last-gasp winner for the Menas, who top the standings on three points - level with fellow surprise victors Benin.

“We have a young team and we started by eliminating Burkina Faso and we have now come to the group stage and our first victim is Senegal. That means we are a good side,” said Niger assistant coach Cheik Omar Diabate.

“Senegal are not a small team. Technically and tactically they are strong but our boys are really willing to do something because we were eliminated from the CHAN and our only hope is this tournament to win something for our country.”

Ivory Coast find themselves level at the bottom of the Group B standings (alongside Senegal) after they suffered a surprise 1-0 loss against Benin’s Squirrels on Friday.

Charbel Gomez’s goal saw the Elephants toppled and coach Ibrahima Kamara will know his team must make a vast improvement if they are to revive their hopes of progressing into the final four of the WAFU competition.

Ivory Coast and Niger have met in 14 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Elephants have claimed 11 wins - compared to just one for the Menas- and outscored their opponents 30 goals to 11 in the process.

Niger v Ivory Coast, head-to-head

Matches played 14
Niger wins 1
Ivory Coast wins 11
Draws 2
Niger goals 11
Ivory Coast goals 30

Elephants forget how to score against Niger

Elephants forget how to score against Niger
Victorien Adje Adebayor. Z of Niger challenged by Jimoh Sherif Olatunde of Ivory Coast during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Niger and Ivory Coast at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 17 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 19:05

Cote d’Ivoire have forgotten how to score after going without a goal for a second game in a row after playing to a 0-0 draw against Niger in a Group B, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 17.

Niger had the first scoring chance in the fifth minute when a mistake by the Elephants keeper saw him spill the ball into the path of Victorien Adebayor, but he fired over from just inside the box with an empty at his mercy.

Ten minutes later Victorien Adebayor was gifted another golden chance to score when he broke through on goal, but with just the keeper to beat he fluffed his shot allowing Jean Malcik Ble Zadi to make an easy save.

In the 24th minute Cote d’Ivoire fashioned their first sight on goal when Ousmane Ouattara met a corner-kick, but he headed over the target from two yards out when it looked easier to score.

In the 39th minute Niger suffered a bit of a set-back when Abdoul Boubacar had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Ibrahim Mansour.

Still, despite the disappointment of losing a player to injury, Niger created a great chance a minute later when a good passing move saw Idrissa Halidou meet a low cross from the right, but his 12-yard effort sailed inches over the target.

The half ended 0-0.

The second half started a little slowly with chances on goal at a bare minimum.

The first decent chance came on the hour mark when Victorien Adebayor created some space for himself 22-yards out, but his stinging shot went just wide of the goal.

Cote d’Ivoire saw a lot of the ball, but struggled to create decent openings on goal and had to shoot from range with one such effort coming in the 78th minute courtesy of Idrissa Halidou, but his shot was well-saved by the keeper.

Four minutes later Niger were on the attack with a long range effort from Abdoul Karim Cissoko shaving the wrong side of the post.

Both sides pushed forward in the final ten minutes, but neither could find a winning goal as the game ended goalless.

The result leaves Niger on four points in Group B while Cote d’Ivoire have one point.

Niger (0) 0
Cote d’Ivoire (0) 0

Teams

Niger coach: Francois Zahoui Gagui Victor

Niger: 16. K Daouda, 3. Lebene, 15. Abdoulaye, 18. Dankwae, 17. Souley, 8. M Daouda (9. Hinsa 93’), 23. Boubacar (4. Mansour 39’), 12. Dela, 20. Hainikoye, 11. Victorien, 10. Halidou (13. S Moussa 62’).

Cote d’Ivoire coach: Ibrahima Kamara

Cote d’Ivoire: 1. Ble Zadi, 2. Britto, 4. Ouattara, 13. Konan, 14. Jimoh, 8. Diarra, 3. Gonazo, 10. Diabate, 5. Aka Essis, 9. Bi N’Guessan (11. Guiagon 93’), 15. P N’Guessan (7. Gnangbo 81’).

Starting Lineup

Niger : Daouda Kassaly, Boureima Katkore Abdoulaye, Kofi Dankwae, Mahamadou Salamoun Souley, David Daogo Lebne, Yusif Moussa Daouda, Dela Sakou Souleymane, Zakari Adebayor Adje Victorien, Hainikoye Soumana Boubacar, Abdoul Magid Moumouni Boubacar, Idrissa Garba Halidou

Cote d'Ivoire : Jean Malick Ble Zadi Hortalin, Adama Ousmane Ouattara, Kevin Romaric Yao Konan, Olatunde Sherif Jimoh, Willie Dagou Britto, Bi Kouame-Noel N'guessan, Fulgence Baudelaire Aka Essis, Privat Gilles N'guessan, Badou Diarra, Inza Diabate, Renardo Gonazo Bi Ya Thomas

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
12' Zakari Adebayor Adje Victorien (Niger) is cautioned.
38' Fulgence Baudelaire Aka Essis (Cote d'Ivoire) is cautioned.
39' Niger: Ibrahim Hassane Mansour replaces Abdoul Magid Moumouni Boubacar
45 + 3' Idrissa Garba Halidou (Niger) is cautioned.
45 + 4' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
62' Niger: Moussa Amadou Soumana replaces Idrissa Garba Halidou
81' Cote d'Ivoire: Ange-Pacome Gnangbo replaces Privat Gilles N'guessan
90 + 3' Niger: Issoufou Hinsa replaces Yusif Moussa Daouda
90 + 3' Cote d'Ivoire: Parfait Guiagon replaces Renardo Gonazo Bi Ya Thomas
90 + 4' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
NIGER GOALS COTE D'IVOIRE GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
NIGER STARTING LINEUP COTE D'IVOIRE STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
0
Midfielder
0
0
4
Midfielder
45 + 3'
62'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
81'
6
Forward/Striker
17
Midfielder
90 + 3'
0
Forward/Striker
15
Forward/Striker
90 + 3'
13
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ibrahim Hassane Mansour
Midfielder
39'
0
Ange-Pacome Gnangbo
Midfielder
81'
0
Moussa Amadou Soumana
Midfielder
62'
0
Parfait Guiagon
Midfielder
90 + 3'
9
Issoufou Hinsa
Midfielder
90 + 3'
0
CARDS
Zakari Adebayor Adje Victorien
Midfielder
12'
0
Fulgence Baudelaire Aka Essis
Midfielder
38'
8
Idrissa Garba Halidou
Midfielder
45 + 3'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury