Ivory Coast coach Faye Emers has discussed the team’s potential to face Africa champions Senegal in the Round of 16 fixture of the Africa Cup of Nations at the Charles Konan Bani Stadium, Yamoussoukro on Monday.
While the Teranga Lions qualified from their group unbeaten and will be hoping to continue with the same energy in the knockout stage, the Elephants will strive to make up for their poor showing in the group stage, which they progressed with only three points as one of the best third-placed teams.
Emers, who took charge of the Elephants following the sacking of Jean-Louis Gasset after their poor showing in the group stages, is confident they have what it takes to stop Senegal. “We prepared well for the Senegal match, and we will enter the match with confidence a lot of confidence. The players are motivated. I know the group well, and I have been with them for a year and a half,” said Emers.
“The players know what to expect from them in the Senegal match. We will enter the match with good confidence. We have worked well since I came to head the national team. Ivory Coast will remain Ivory Coast even though we did not perform well in the group stage. If we ask Senegal which team, they want to face in the last 16, they will choose another team that occupied the best third-place other than Ivory Coast.”
Emers’ sentiments were echoed by midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, who said: “When you are competitive, you want to win the continental title, especially when you host the competition. In this competition, anything can happen. Things have now passed, and we must look into the future, where the match against Senegal awaits us.
“I do not want to talk about what happened. There will be a new competition within this competition in the knockout round, and we want to progress with the new coach, who is also a big brother to us.”