Ivory Coast defender, Kolo Toure, says his side is looking forward to a tough quarterfinal when it faces Nigeria at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.
The Elephants played to a 2–2 draw against Algeria in its last group match on Wednesday night, a match which proved to be a tough test for the Group D winners as they had to come back from being two goals down.
“We conceded two goals, then we came back, I think it is a good reaction. This shows that we do not want to lose,” said Toure.
“I think that Algeria is a very good team, they have very good players but we have been more realistic.”
Ivory Coast will now look for its third straight win over Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations after beating the Super Eagles 10 in 2006, with Didier Drogba scoring the only goal, while Salomon Kalou secured another 1–0 win two years later.
“It is going to be a very difficult game, we will have to remain focused,” said Toure. “It is a quarterfinal. The outcome will depend on small details. We will need to remain extremely focused.
“I think that our chances are good. We will rely on our qualities. We will have to remain focused.
“We will also need a bit of luck and the help of God of course.”