Ivory Coast remains quiet towards Lesotho in

The Ivorian elephants were not successful, on Thursday, June 9, against Lesotho on the second day of the CAN 2023 qualifier (Group H). Despite constant dominance, they did not find the net (0-0).

Côte d’Ivoire takes sole control of Group H. So much for the optimistic view of the situation in these qualifications for 2023 African Cup of Nations. However, the Ivorians and their supporters may regret some on June 9 after a draw against Lesotho at the end of the second day of the group stage.

At Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Lesotho team welcomed Jean-Louis Gasset’s men in front of almost empty stands. This relocated match and in the face of a very weak turnout did not prevent the Ivory Coast from quickly getting to grips with the match. With captain Serge Aurier in the right-back position, Jean Michael Seri in midfield and an attacking quartet consisting of Max-Alain Gradel, Jean Evrard Kouassi, Wilfried Zaha and Christian Kouamé, the guests had serious arguments to make.

However, they never managed to force the lock in the defense of Likuena (crocodiles). But it is not in the absence of attempts! Elephants held the ball, with a clear 86 percent of possession. And on 16 occasions they tried to shake the nets. But they showed too much waste of address to hope to win, especially since the Lesotho full-back was admirable, especially goalkeeper Sekhoane Moerane, author of seven saves. Lesotho’s last bulwark was still vigilant in the last minutes to come out effectively at Aurier’s feet.

In the standings, this draw allows Ivory Coast to be alone at the top of Group H (4 points) ahead of Zambia (3 points), Comoros (3 points) and Lesotho (1 point). Next meetings: Côte d’Ivoire-Comoros and Zambia-Lesotho in September.


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