The Ivory Coast beat DR Congo 2-1 tonight, to move to second top of their Group D in qualifying for the finals of the African Cup of Nations, which will take place in Morocco in January and February of next year.
Cheick Tiote – played the full 90 minutes against DR Congo tonight
After three games played Cameroon are still top of the group with 7 points, but they dropped two points today when they could only draw at Sierre Leone, and Ivory Coast are only on point behind.
Goals from Swansea’s Wilfried Bony and a late goal by former Leeds United player and former Newcastle target Max Gradel, who is now at St. Etienne, was enough to give the Ivorians a vital win and two points gained on the group leaders.
Cheick played the full 90 minutes for his 48th cap, and as far we know, he came through the game unscathed.
These two fixtures in Group D are now repeated on Wednesday night, with Ivory Coast at home to DR Congo, and Cameroon at home to Sierre Leone, and after those games there are two more games to be played in mid-November to decide which countries make the finals.
The finals will take place in Morocco from 17th January through the 8th February next year, with players having to report to their countries training camps two weeks before the first game kicks off.
We could be missing both Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse for the tournament, since Senegal are currently top of Group G with 7 points from their first three group games, and are tied on points with Tunisia, but have a better goal difference.
Senegal play at Tunisia on Wednesday night, which could be a crucial game for both countries.
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