Ivory Coast striker Gervinho was on target as Les Elephants’ defeat Sierra Leone on Saturday, Ivory Coast laboured to win against Sierra Leone 2-1 at the Felix Houphouet Boingy Stadium in their opening 2015 Africa Nations Cup Group D Qualifier. (Photo: Leone Stars v Ivory Coast in action).
The visitors were in front in the 44th minute goal from former Middlesbrough striker Kei Kamara and for the first time ever Sierra Leone scored a goal in Abidjan between the two nations.
Leone Stars fail to capitalise on their lead, as the Ivoirians replied from behind to stake their claim for a place in the Continent’s top competition next year in Morocco. Two quick goals from Seydou Doumbia (65′) and Gervinho 68th minutes cost the visitors what would have been a shocker in Abidjan.
In the day’s early kick-off between Cameroon and DR Congo – Cameroon start life without Eto’o Clinton N’Jie scored in first-half stoppage time and another France-based player, Vincent Aboubakar, added the second nine minutes from time as Cameroon stunned neighbours and archrivals DR Congo 2-0 in away fixture at the TP Mazembe Stadium in Lubumbashi on Saturday in Group D’s opener of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group stage
A vital win for both Ivory Coast and Cameroon, these result signalled the strength in the Cameroon and Ivorian side to fight until the end, both nations will seat top of the table until September 10 2014 second round ties.
Cameroon’s next tie is against Ivory Coast in Yaoundé as DR Congo travel to face Sierra Leone in DR Congo second largest city Lubumbashi – both ties listed for Wednesday night 10-septmeber 2014.
Group D AFCON qualifiers results
Ivory Coast 2-1Sierra Leone
DR Congo 0-2 Cameroon