Ivorian and Chelsea duo Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba scored the two goals as Ivory Coast opened their qualification account for Brazil 2014 with a win over lowly Tanzania at home. Both also missed sitters in front of goal while Drogba hit the cross-bar from a free kick in the first half. The away side never looked particularly threatening especially after Morris Ambross Aggrey got a second yellow card on 70 minutes for bringing down substitute Kader Keita. Local favourite Keita made a good case for his inclusion in the starting to line up with a determined performance after coming on for Gervinho in the second half.
This was a relatively easy start for new coach Sabri Lamouchi and it’s hard to make a judgement on this performance alone (his first ever game as coach!). The performance was standard Elephants’ stuff from the Zahoui days – strong defensive performance, good in attack but fluid and slightly laid back. Yaya Toure was present but wasn’t named in the squad and replacement Kafoumba struggled to fill his shoes. Lola Igor looked weak as well and Gervinho continued to be dangerous while also losing the ball a lot. The stadium boycott lacked effect with the ground almost full. There weren’t any hisses or boos to speak of – as long as he keeps winning he should be OK.
Eboue, Lolo Igor, Kolo Toure, Tiene Sieka
Kalou, Kafoumba, Tiote, Gosso Gosso, Gervinho