Group Review: Group D
The Cup of Nations qualifying Group of Death drew to a conclusion on with three of the pool’s four sides sealing progression to the tournament proper.
Heading into the final round of matches, the Cote d’Ivoire knew that they would advance if they could avoid defeat in Abidjan against already-qualified Cameroon.
Volker Finke mixed things up for the Indomitable Lions, dropping Eyong Enoh for the first time in 19 matches and opting to assess the likes of Osasuna’s Raoul Loe.
Vincent Aboubakar also returned to the starting line-up, but he was unable to influence proceedings as the two sides played out a stalemate.
There were chances, certainly, but both Fabrice Ondoa and Sylvain Gbohouo saved their sides at pertinent moments.
Stephane Mbia was dismissed—harshly—for a tackle on Gervinho, but the Elephants couldn’t take advantage. With a draw, they join Cameroon in Equatorial Guinea.
Following Cameroon’s inability to defeat the Ivorians, there was disappointment for the Democratic Republic of Congo, who beat Sierra Leone 3-1 thanks to a brace from Yannick Bolasie and a Cedric Mongongu penalty.
However, Tunisia did the Leopards a favour later in the day. Their victory over Egypt confirmed Congo’s spot at the tournament as the best third-placed team.