Elephants out to trample Sparrow Hawks

Elephants out to trample Sparrow Hawks

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 10:00

Ivory Coast will look to overpower Togo in a first round 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations knockout match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Tuesday, kick-off at 15h00 local Ghanaian time.

Known by the nickname ‘The Elephants’, Ivory Coast will be appearing at their second WAFU Cup of Nations.

They were hosts of the inaugural tournament and beat Gambia 5-0 in their opening match before the tournament was cancelled due to the outbreak of civil war, while they withdrew from the 2011 event in Nigeria and were replaced by Niger.

Known by the nickname ‘Sparrow Hawks’, Togo will be making their fifth appearance at the WAFU Cup.

They were part of the eight-team field at the cancelled inaugural tournament in Ivory Coast, suffered early elimination in the 2010 finals, won the 2011 event after defeating hosts Nigeria 3-2 in the final, and finished third at the last tournament in Ghana back in 2013.

Ivory Coast’s locally-based side recently secured qualification for the 2018 African Nations Championship after edging Niger on away goals (the teams drew 2-2 on aggregate), while Togo exited the same competition a round earlier when they were beaten on penalties by Benin (also 2-2 on aggregate).

Ivory Coast and Togo have met in 18 official international matches, according to FIFA’s statistical database. The Elephants have claimed nine wins compared to three for the Sparrow Hawks, and outscored their opponents 25 goals to nine.

The winners of this match will occupy position 2 in Group 2 and face either Benin or Cape Verde in their opening second round match.