Cote d’ Ivoire made their way to the group stages of the WAFU Cup of Nations after beating Togo 4-3 on penalties.
The game had to travel to penalty shootouts after a goalless stalemate in regulation time.
Cote d’ Ivoire goalkeeper and captain Ble Zadi Hortalian Jean Malick made two penalties save to help his side oust their counterparts.
Togo could be cursing their stars having fluffed several goal scoring opportunities in the game.
Forward Sewounu Koidjo Roberto Edem could not find the back of the net despite the numerous opportunities that came his way.
Tchatakora Abdou-Samiou was a thorn in the flesh for the Ivorian defense as the attacker who was undoubted Togo’s brightest spot on the field kept tormenting the defense of Ibrahima Kamara’s side.
Diabate Inza who was adjudged the best player for the match also kept the Togolese midfield busy all day with his sweet touches and lovely runs in the game.
The win sees Ivory Coast as the seventh team to qualify for the Group stages after Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Nigeria and Niger
By Frank Darkwah