Les Elephants fear another setback against Namibia

Mehdi Benatia of Morocco keeps tabs on Jonathan Kodjia of Ivory Coast during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Morocco and Ivory Coast at Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on 28 June 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

After suffering a 1-0 defeat to Morocco in their second match, Cote d’Ivoire Elephants would try to avoid a second successive early elimination when they face Namibia’s Brave Warriors on Monday (1 July 2019) at 30 June Stadium in Cairo. The Group D match day 3 game kicks off at 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT), same time when Morocco faces South Africa at El Salam Stadium, also in Cairo.

Morocco leads group D pack with 6 points, three more than Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa, while Namibia trail the pack pointless.

Previous AFCON meetings

08.08.1998     Bobo-Dioulasso         Cote d’Ivoire 4-3 Namibia

After a good start that saw the, beating South Africa 1-0, Les Elephants succumbed to a painful 1-0 defeat against Morocco. And this means they have to do their best against Namibia to avoid crashing out of the first round, a setback they faced two years ago in Gabon.

Meanwhile, and despite losing their first two games with the same result (1-0) to Morocco and South Africa, Namibia still holds a slim hope of finding a place in the next round, if they could manage victory against the Elephants in their last group game, and depending on other groups’ results then to finish as one of the best four third placed teams.