Cheick Tiote and the Ivory Coast won their first game in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), when they beat Togo 2-1 yesterday afternoon, and they now head Group D on 3 points, and are tied with Tunisia who beat Algeria 1-0 in the later game last night.
Cheick Tiote in action yesterday afternoon
Cheick did not start the game but came on as a second half substitute, and he played well as former Newcastle target Gervinho – now at Arsenal – got the winning goal for the Elephants late in the game.
Yaya Toure gave the Ivory Coast the lead after only 8 minutes but Ayite equalized in first half injury time following a corner, before Gervinho scored the winner after 88 minutes.
Tiote came on in the 63rd minute for Didier Ya Konan, and the Newcastle midfielder distinguished himself in the 86th minute, when he made a terrific block to divert Vincent Bossou’s goal bound strike over the cross-bar and saved the Elephants.
And would you believe it – after that scare, Gervinho won the game for the Ivory Coast two minutes later when he diverted a Yaya Toure free kick into the goal for the eventual winner.
The Ivory Coast now play Tunisia in the next group game on Saturday 26th January, at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.
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