2013 Africa Cup of Nations: Ivory Coast’s Toure hails win over ‘fantastic’ Egypt
Ivorian defender Kolo Toure says “it was very important” to beat Egypt in Monday’s friendly game.
Monday’s victory over a “fantastic” Egypt side will boost the confidence of Ivory Coast ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, defender Kolo Toure said on Tuesday.
Arsenal striker Gervinho scored twice as Ivory Coast claimed a 4-2 victory over rivals Egypt, who beat the Elephants twice en route to their Nations Cup triumphs in 2006 and 2008.
“It’s always really important to win a game before the Nations Cup, especially against Egypt,” Manchester City defender Toure told BBC Sport.
“It gives us a lot of belief, because they are really fantastic. They have been the top team for the last 10 years, for me, in Africa.
“Now they are struggling a bit but for us it was very important to win this game,” he added.
Ivory Coast’s game against Egypt was their only friendly before they begin their Nations Cup campaign on 22 January. They will face Togo in the opening game of Group D, which also includes Tunisia and Algeria.
The one-time African champions are looking to make up for their stunning loss to Zambia in last year’s final.