Former Ivorian player Gervinho spoke in an interview with RMC Sport about the Elephants’ game and the possibility of them winning the third star for Ivory Coast.
The former LOSC striker recognized his country’s difficulties in producing games despite a group of qualities. For him, we should not expect to see joga bonito with the Elephants at this African Cup of Nations. Especially since their journey has become miraculous since their drafting among the best 3rd in the group stages. And Gervinho understands the disappointment of the Ivorians on this aspect. “They were so used to having a team that played football. They have become accustomed to having good champagne, they see that there is less quality, there is not what is needed but we still manage to move forward. There is quality in the team but we cannot produce games, football. It’s a bit like the anthem of each match: “we’re worthless, we’re moving forward but we’re qualified. The most important thing is to move forward like this. It’s a new generation, people have to get used to it. She has quality but she has not yet showcased her abilities or her talent. After this AFCON, we will have time to find the ingredients to restore beautiful football to the Ivorians,” underlined Gervais Yao Kouassi.
For him, it would be terrible for Ivory Coast not to win this AFCON 2023 after the country had put so much effort into organizing it. “Dramatic, I would say because we did everything necessary to win this AFCON, the government put everything in place. We have done everything necessary to ensure that this Cup remains an ivory cup. We don’t want South Africa or Nigeria to come and take the cup from us. Yes, it would be dramatic if she left home,” said Gervinho, who dreams of a third star on the Ivory Coast jersey at the end of the competition.
To achieve this, the Elephants must already get rid of the DRC who they face this Wednesday evening in Ébimpé in the semi-final.