Our football match prediction:
Ivory Coast face Togo at Stade d’Oyem in the opening match of their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign. The Elephants aim to defend the trophy they won two years ago, but they are on a very difficult quest. Michel Dussuyer’s men played out goalless draws with the likes of Morocco, France and Zimbabwe in previous three games in all competitions and it is more than obvious that they struggle in front of goal. Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha made the squad and he will be one of the men to watch in Michel Dussuyer’s team in Monday’s football match against Togo. The likes of Wilfried Bony, Salomon Kalou and Serge Aurier have been included as well. Emmanuel Adebayor is no longer part of the Togo national team and that is the main reason why we predict that Elephants will emerge triumphant in the Stade d’Oyem clash.
Highlighted Player (Cheick Tiote):
Cheick Tiote is an Ivory Coast footballer who plays for Newcastle United as a midfielder. Tiote is well known for his hard tackles and, as a result, he often gets booked. He was born in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast on 21 June, 1986 and he started his youth career at FC Bibo. In 2005 Anderlecht scouts spotted him and he decided to join the Belgian outfit. Cheick Tiote made just four appearances for Anderlecht as he was sent on loan to Roda for the 2007/2008 season. On 2 October, 2008 Tiote joined Dutch side Twente for a fee (reportedly) of €750,000. He provided 14 assists for his teammates and scored one goal for Twente during his spell at De Grolsh Veste. In August 2010 he signed a contract with Newcastle United for a fee of £3.5 million and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. Cheick Tiote made 20 appearances for the Magpies in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but that did not help Rafa Benitez’s troops avoid relegation to the Championship. Cheick is married to Madah, who gave birth to their two children.
Highlighted Team (Togo):
The Togolese national football team are well known for the incident that happened at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola. The Togo team bus was attacked by gunmen and it has to be noted that three men were killed during the attack. As a result, les Eperviers decided to withdraw from the tournament, but that decision proved costly for the Togolese national team. The Confederation of African Football banned Togo from taking part in the next two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations and the Togolese Football Association were fined $50,000 as well. Speaking of their participation in the World Cup finals, Togo qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but they failed to impress in the group stages of the showpiece tournament, suffering a loss in each of their three group games against France, Switzerland and South Korea. Emmanuel Adebayor is the most famous footballer who played for les Eperviers and you should know that the former Arsenal striker scored 31 goals in 66 appearances for the Togolese national team.