Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Scrappy Ivory Coast will improve – Lamouchi
Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi admits his side made too many errors in a 2-1 victory over Togo
Sabri Lamouchi insisted Ivory Coast will improve after Arsenal striker Gervinho netted a late winner against Togo in a scrappy opening Group D clash.
Gervinho sealed the win after Manchester City lynch pin Yaya Toure put the Elephants ahead before Jonathan Ayite pulled Togo level.
And while Lamouchi accepted his side weren’t at their best, the Ivory Coast manager insisted he was satisfied with a hard-fought win.
“I’m happy with the win, but we made too many mistakes, and will have to use this game as a lesson,” said Lamouche.
“I was expecting something better from us – it wasn’t our best performance.
“I thought the first match was going to be difficult, but it was much harder than I envisaged.”
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who was substituted late on, echoed his coach’s thoughts, believing Ivory Coast made too many mistakes in their play.
“It was a tough game,” said the striker, who is now playing in China.
“We expected that because Togo are a good side but we made a lot of mistakes.”
Togo coach Didier Six felt his side, with the out-of-sorts Emmanuel Adebayor leading the line, were worth a point against their superior opponents.
He said: “I think my team deserved something else than that.
“It wasn’t right [to disallow our goal] – the rules weren’t respected.”