Ivory Coast players celebrate a goal at AFCON 2019.
  • AFCON 2019 (Round of 16)
  • Cote d’IVoire 1-0 Mali

Wilfried Zaha struck the lone goal on the evening as Cote d’Ivoire ejected fellow West Africans Mali out of AFCON 2019 following a 1-0 result in the round of 16.

The Mali Eagles wasted a series of chances especially in the opening half.

Wilfred Zaha celebrates

Moussa Marega, Abdoulaye Diaby and Moussa Djenepo all had chances put to waste in the first half.

Cote D’Ivoire players at AFCON 2019

Cote d’Ivoire broke the deadlock in the 76th minute through Zaha who beat goalkeeper Djigui Diarra.

This was the 7th time that Cote d’Ivoire qualified to the AFCON quarter-finals.

The Elephants will face the Fennecs of Algeria for a spot in the 2019 African Cup of Nations semifinals on July 11th 2019 at the stadium of Suez.

Cote D’Ivoire

Quotes (By Caf Online):

I am disappointed like all my teammates because we deserved more. We were the better side in the game. We could have gone to the break with a good lead but that’s a pity for us. We feel disappointed.

MOUSSA MAREGA (TOTAL MAN OF THE MATCH)

The management of football is a leap into the unknown. We created a lot of chances without being able to score. Cote d’Ivoire had one and they found the net. It was not our day, and the only regret is not being able to realize our opportunities. I explain this by stress, a lack of concentration and realism.

Mohamed Magassouba (Coach, Mali)
Cote D’Ivoire fans singing

We are celebrating this win because it was not easy against Mali, a very good team. We let the storm pass during the first half before we reorganize in the second and this had an effect. It’s a competition where there are seven games to play and we played four. Now, there are three games left, the next one against Algeria, for which we are going to prepare like all the others. I have a mission entrusted to me to know how to prepare a team for 2021 but, there are games that we have to play and we play them all the way.

Ibrahim Kamara (Coach, Cote d’Ivoire)
Wilfried Zaha

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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