Les Elephant thrashed host Sierra Leone 5-1 in Abidjan to strengthen their grip as they strived for a place in the 2015 African Cup of Nations now slated for Equatorial Guinea.
Goals from Kolo Toure, Solomon Kalou twice on target, Max-Alain Gradel and AS Roma Gervinho put a stop to Sierra Leone’s qualification resilience.
The Ivorians bounce back in style after Mustapha Bangura level the score line in the 25ft minutes of play.
Victory for the Ivorians now put them in a pole position as they awaits the outcome of tomorrow’s encounter in Yaoundé between Group leaders Cameroon and DRC Leopards.
Sierra Leone in five matches scored 2 goals and conceded 11 goals, drew 1 and lost 4.
Because of the Ebola epidemic, Leone Stars of Sierra Leone played all their qualifying matches on the road.
The Ivorians are second in the group at-least for tonight with nine points from five matches.
French-man Herve Renard, who was under pressure now a relieved man.
Ivory Coast host Cameroon next Wednesday, the tie is deeming to be the clash of the titans.
Sierra Leone will be away to DRC Leopards in Lubumbashi in five days.
By Alie A Bittar