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Match with Nigeria will be difficult - Ivorian coach

03 February 2013, 08:27

Abidjan - Coach of the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire Sabri Lamouchi, on Saturday said the quarter-final match against Eagles of Nigeria will be "difficult, but winnable".

Lamouchi was speaking in an interview with Ivorian state television, RTI, in South Africa.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes the manager as saying that: "We will pay more attention to details as we face Nigeria. The Nigerian team is a very difficult side.

"It is going to be a tough match but we hope to win and move to semi-final of the tournament."

NAN reports that anxiety has been mounting in Abidjan over the meeting of the two teams.

Moussa Coulibaly, a resident of Niagon-yopougon, in Abidjan, said the match would likely favour the Elephants, adding that Nigerians were unpredictable.

Coulibaly said: "We have a more experienced side, but winning a match these days takes more than experience as Cape Verde has proven by reaching the quarter final."

A fan of the Eagles in Cote d'Ivoire, Chukwemeka Azuibike, said the Eagles would pick the ticket for the semi-final.

He said: "We have a fast-paced team, young and ready go. Like Cote d'ivoire they have not lost a match from the start.

"More so, Stephen Keshi is experienced and he understands the playing partterns of African teams.

"The Sunday match will be a hot one for the Ivorians."



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