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African Nations Cup MALI 2002
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
3rd place
Togo - Côte d'Ivoire
The déjà vu classic: Two years ago it had been the same opening match for the two and the two points the Ivorians had lost in the draw against Togo, eventually became very expensive as the Elephants remained one goal shy of qualification for the quarter finals.
The DR Congo provided another warning yesterday in keeping the match with African champions Cameroon close, although eventually losing.
The Ivorians have arrived with a mixed suqad of experience, quality, and youth. Not less than 8 players of the ASEC Abidjan academy and that famous African club Super Cup final in 1999 (see read more) are included in the 22 names.
Togo meanwhile are no pushovers, though they are given little chances to advance. But they are always good enough to spoil a neighbours campaign as they did 1998 with Ghana and 2000 with the Ivorians. Some key players are missing but the West Africans should have enough talents to annoy their opponents with unexpected resilience. Provided that they come up with sufficient organisation and avoid errors.
Côte d'Ivoire > read more
Togo > read more
analysis of the age structure of the teams > click here

The match:
After an early scare through the Togolese, the Ivorians grew more and more dangerous throughout the first half by their explosive forward trio Bakayoko, Dindane and Abdelkader Keita: But great saves by Togolese keeper Kossi Agassa frustrated the Elephants who did not ceate as many chances in the second half. In the final minute there were big occasions on either side and eventually Côte d'Ivoire had to settle for a draw that leaves the Togolese in a slightly better position: they will play Cameroon last and the African champions might already be qualified or only needing a draw.

match data as published by CAF Online:
Referee: Chukwudi Chukwujekwu (NGR)
Ass. Referees: Justice Yeboah (GHA), Dramane Dante (MLI)
Attendance: 15,000 
Togo : 16-Kossi Agassa; 12-Eric Akoto, 4-Dosseh Yaouvi Abalo, 14-Koffi Olympio, 21-Zanzan Atte-Odeyi; 8-Lantame Ouadja, 11-Michel Dogbe (7-Thomas Dossevi, 80), 10-Adekambi Olufade, 13-Komlan Assignon (2-Maman Gafarou, 82), 3-Yao Senaya; 17-Abdelkader Coubadja (20-Abiodan Oyawule, 57) 
Ivory Coast : 1-Losseni Konate; 8-Brahima Kone, 2-Habib Toure, 6-Blaise Koffi Kouassi, 3-Mamadou Coulibaly; 4-Lassina Diabete, 7-Tchiressoua Guel, 13-Aliou Siby Badara (19-Didier Sokora, 46), 12-Abdelkader Keita; 10-Ibrahima Bakayoko (9-Kandia Traore, 66), 14-Arouna Dindane (15-Bonaventure Kalou, 68) 
I. Coast: 2- Toure (73), 3- M. Coulibaly (84)
Togo: 13- Assignon (19), 4- Abalo Yaouvi


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