Congratulations to my boys - Elephants coach Kamara
Wednesday Sep 13, 2017. 11:00
Ivory Coast coach Ibrahim Kamara has congratulated his side for advancing into the group stage of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations.
The Elephants were held to a goalless draw by Togo in their last 16 tie at the Cape Coast Stadium on Tuesday, but they prevailed 4-3 on post-match penalties to secure progression into the second round.
Kamara admitted that he is using the WAFU competition as preparation for next year’s African Nations Championship [CHAN] and added that Togo were tough opponents because the teams know each other well from a recent meeting.
“We are here to prepare for CHAN, to enable us to have a strong side for that competition,” the Ivory Coast coach told a post-match press conference.
“We knew that coming here the match would be difficult for us, because we have met Togo already some months ago, in Lome we drew 1-1.
“Togo is a good team and I’m congratulating my boys for fighting and give a chance for our team to go to the group stage.”
Kamara’s sentiments were echoed by his goalkeeper and man of the match Jean Malick Ble Zadi, who saved two spot kicks and scored one himself in the shootout to help the Elephants secure victory.
“We knew coming here that we were going to meet a side we had already played in Lome and we must take the blame for giving them the chance to beat us,” said the gloves-man.
“We could have won the game [outright], but unfortunately my boys are too young, they are trying, but they have to be congratulated.”