Côte d’Ivoire vs South Africa, Monday’s match for the Africa Cup of Nations, Group D, at the Al Salam Stadium, in Cairo, Egypt.
Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa face each other in group D of the African Cup, considered the death group.
Côte d’Ivoire arrives at this African Cup with a selection of young and new faces. Nicolas Pepe and Wilfried Zaha stand out as the most important figures of a team whose goal is to win the competition.
Pepe, with 24 years old, plays in Lille and several European clubs already dream of incorporating him into their rosters. Zaha, on the other hand, shone last season with the Crystal Palace of the Premier League.
They arrive at the game after they have won their three friendlies before the competition.
The South African team suffered a lot to build their team due to injuries.
It is one of the favorites to fight for the title, although it is in the group more complicated to move forward, with Ivory Coast and Morocco also as great candidates.
The prediction is contrary to history. Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa have faced each other on several occasions: five. Incredibly, equalities have been a constant. They tied four times and South Africa won in one of the matches.
Côte d’Ivoire is a favorite in the face of this commitment. Their national team came in better shape, the statistics support this. Plus, with more experienced friends, for what I consider to be a fun game with goals.