The head coach of Ivory Coast, Herve Renard has revealed he is confident of his side’s ability to overcome Ghana in tomorrow’s AFCON final.
“Today I’m feeling every day the same way and same team spirit that we had with Zambia in 2012. Of course, there’s always a different story with every team in football but I would like to congratulate my players because they have all put in a lot of effort in this AFCON, including the ones people would refer to as the big stars. They’re performing, they have forgotten their star status and put the team first and I’ve been reminding them that some of them would be coming to the AFCON for the last time and if they don’t win now, they will never do,” Renard said.
“I’ve told them it’s their last chance to win and I think it is motivating them as well. It will be a tough game on Sunday because Ghana is a specialist of the AFCON. They have played eight finals and this will be their ninth and in 1992, they lost to Cote d’Ivoire. But I can’t think even for one second about failing in the final.”
“But this is football and anything can happen. But I repeat, we have a strong spirit and that was the first thing I wanted to build into this team the first time I took charge – strong team spirit and I repeat all the time that the most important thing about a squad is the team, not the individual players. So you must build your team because even if you have the big stars and add so many names but don’t play together, you cannot achieve anything. The best example was Zambia. I’ve heard many times that Zambia won in 2012 because of luck but that is not true. Zambia won because of hard work and excellent team spirit. Zambia is a good football nation and with Chipolopolo we built a very good team spirit. Nobody could beat us and nobody was able stand in our way because we had such fantastic spirit, dedication and hard work,” Renard said.