With one match still left to be played, the Elephants of Côte d’Ivoire have already booked a place in the quarter finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations having secured a 2-0 victory over the Stallions of Burkina Faso on thursday night.
Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou scored first for the Ivoriens while a late own goal by Bakare Kone confirmed the exit of the Burkinabes.
Despite the victory and the quarter final ticket, many still feel the Elephants of Côte d’Ivoire are yet to put up a commanding performance that could see them win the coveted African trophy.
The last time Côte d’Ivoire won the trophy was in 1992 and many feel this is the best opportunity for them to end the 20-year trophy search as several top guns like Cameroon , Egypt and Nigeria are all absent from this edition.
The Ivoriens are the highest ranked African team in the latest FIFA rankings and boast of a star-studded squad.
Angola, Sudan draw
Meanwhile, in the other group game played earlier Thursday between Angola and Sudan, Mohamed Bashir and Manucho scored a brace apiece as Sudan and Angola shared spoils in the game that ended in a 2-2 draw at Nuevo Estadio de Malabo.
With these results Angola only needs to avoid defeat in her last group game with Cote D’ivoire. For Sudan to scale through to the next round, they will need first a convincing victory of Burkina Faso who are already out of tournament and also hope that Angolans will loose to the Ivorians.