World Cup qualification round-up

These were the scenes at Ivory Coast’s last World Cup qualification match (against Guinea). Things had been confirmed in the away match against Malawi, but the final game at home was the moment to celebrate it in a party atmosphere.

Below is a run-down of the route Ivory Coast took to reach the World Cup. I’ve also included friendlies played under Vahid Halilhodzic, and the most recent friendly under Georges Kouadio (after Halilhodzic had been sacked).

A few comments strike me as I write this. Firstly, Drogba’s absence in the early rounds gave an opportunity to players like Sanogo and Cisse, who did their country a good deal of service, but aren’t in the South Africa squad. Secondly, you’d be hard pressed to find an African team willing to make the trip to Abidjan. No goals conceded during six home qualification matches, for 21 scored! Not much use of course in South Africa, but still remarkable.

World Cup qualification, first round

1 June 2008: Ivory Coast 1 (Sekou Cisse) – Mozambique 0 (Abidjan)

8 June 2008: Madagascar 0 – Ivory Coast 0 (Antananarivo)

14 June 2008: Botswana 1 – Ivory Coast 1 (Abdoulaye Meite) (Gaborone)

22 June 2008: Ivory Coast 4 (Boubacar Sanogo, Didier Zokora, Sekou Cisse (2)) – Botswana 0 (Abidjan)

7 September 2008: Mozambique 1 – Ivory Coast 1 (Bakary Kone) (Maputo)

11 October 2008: Ivory Coast 3 (Boubacar Sanogo (2), Salomon Kalou) – Madagascar 0 (Abidjan)

World Cup qualification, second round

29 March 2009: Ivory Coast 5 (Romaric, Didier Drogba (2), Salomon Kalou, Bakary Kone) – Malawi 0 (Abidjan)

7 June 2009: Guinea 1 – Ivory Coast 2 (Bakary Kone, Romaric) (Conakry)

20 June 2009: Burkina Faso 2 – Ivory Coast 3 (Yaya Toure, Mamadou Tall (og), Didier Drogba) (Ouagadougou)

5 September 2009: Ivory Coast 5 (Saidou Panandetiguiri (og), Didier Drogba (2), Yaya Toure, Kader Keita) – Burkina Faso 0 (Abidjan)

10 October 2009: Malawi 1 – Ivory Coast 1 (Didier Drogba) (Blantyre)

14 November 2009: Ivory Coast 3 (Gervinho (2), Siaka Tiene) – Guinea 0 (Abidjan)

African Nations’ cup, Angola

11 January 2010: Ivory Coast 0 – Burkina Faso 0 (Cabinda)

15 January 2010: Ivory Coast 3 (Gervinho, Siaka Tiene, Didier Drogba) – Ghana 1 (Cabinda)

24 January 2010: Ivory Coast 2 (Salomon Kalou, Kader Keita) – Algeria 3 (Cabinda)

Friendly matches:

In addition, a number of friendly matches were played during Halilhodzic’s reign.

22 May 2008: Ivory Coast 1 (Kandia Traore) – Paraguay 1 (Yokohama, Japan)

24 May 2008: Ivory Coast 0 – Japan 1 (Toyota, Japan)

20 August 2008: Guinea 1 – Ivory Coast 2 (Bakary Kone, Boubacar Sanogo) (Chantilly, France)

19 November 2008: Israel 2 – Ivory Coast 2 (Avi Strool (og), Boubacar Sanogo) (Tel Aviv)

11 February 2009: Turkey 1 – Ivory Coast 1 (Didier Drogba) (Izmir)

12 August 2009: Tunisia 0 – Ivory Coast 0 (Sousse)

18 November 2009: Germany 2 – Ivory Coast 2 (Emmanuel Eboue, Seydou Doumbia) (Gelsenkirchen)

4 January 2010: Tanzania 0 – Ivory Coast 1 (Didier Drogba) (Dar Es Salaam)

7 January 2010: Rwanda 0 – Ivory Coast 2 (Suleiman Bamba, Angoua Brou) (Dar Es Salaam)

3 March 2010: Ivory Coast 0 – South Korea 2 (London)

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