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AFCON favorite Cote D’Ivoire beaten by solid Nigeria squad

February 3, 2013 by  
Filed under International, National teams

Cote D’Ivoire 1-2 Nigeria

Nigeria masterminded the biggest upset perhaps at the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-1 win over Cote d’Ivoire in Rustenburg on Sunday to reach the semi final.

post game reactions:

Sabri Lamouchi (Head Coach, Cote d’Ivoire)

“We had only one goal and that was to win the Africa Cup of Nations. For some of us, it might be a last chance. For me, it is my first Africa Cup of Nations and I had the same objective.
“We did our best but could not succeed. It’s an obvious disappointment and you can imagine the state of the players.
“For me, it is a huge sadness. I have seen players work for a month, make efforts and I thought we were on the right path, doing good work, but it was not enough. On resignation, I do not even think about resigning after six months knowing the job done. It certainly was not enough to win the tournament.” Even with players like Drogba and Arsenal’s Gervinho among others great..
Stephen Keshi (Head Coach, Nigeria)

“I know the mentality of my players, their level of concentration, and I knew they could do it. My players were disciplined. Nobody gave us a chance, but we showed character.
“When I made the team, I knew we would have to fight. We started the game well and were tactically disciplined. It came with determination and mental toughness. I have a lot of respect for the Ovorian team, but we fought hard.”


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