Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard is glad his team will be based in Equatorial Guinea’s capital and most developed city, Malabo.
The Elephants are pitted against Cameroon, Guinea and Mali in an all-francophone Group D of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
“It is a difficult group in general and in particular to each of the four teams. However, the positive thing here is that we’ll be based in Malabo. Besides being a nice place, I know the city and the stadium very well likewise the Elephants,” Renard said.
At the 2012 edition, Ivory Coast were based in Malabo during the group stage, while Renard, who eventually won the tournament with Zambia, also played in the island city.
“Our objective is not to win the title because a number of our top players have retired from international assignment. We’re trying to rebuild a new team and it may take some time, which makes us non-top favourites at the 2015 Afcon.
“We are aware that eyes will be on us at the competition because Ivory Coast remains a great football nation. However, we will only do our best and be happy,” he said.
The Elephants will face off with Guinea in their opener at the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo on January 20, 2015.
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