Djiehoua confident of Ivorians' chances at Afcon

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Stielike was temporarily replaced by Frenchman Gerard Gili on Monday after the former opted to leave his post in order to attend to his son who has fallen into a coma.

“The coach doesn’t play on the field but just talks to players and so this change of coaches is of no real consequence.

“The players know what to do and they will carry out their instructions on the field. And, in any case, it is not like they are working with a total stranger. The guy taking over is a familiar face with the players,” Djiehoua tells snl24.com/kickoff.

Gili is the Ivory Coast Under-23 national team coach. He led his team to their first ever Olympic Games qualification and was part of the team at the 2006 Nations Cup.

The former Kaizer Chiefs striker is convinced that his homeland will win the trophy.

“At the last Nations Cup we lost in the final and then went to the World Cup. We have managed to retain almost all the players who did duty then. The fact that we are in a so-called tough group doesn’t matter because we have good players who are all playing in Europe and not sitting on the bench.

“Another thing to our favour is that we are playing in a neighbouring country and so the support will be there. You can fly to Ghana in only 40 minutes.”

Djiehoua, who is having a fantastic season at his Durban club, adds that Didier Zokora (Tottenham Hotspurs, England), Arouna Kone (Sevilla, Spain), Yaya Toure (Barcelona, Spain) and Kone Bakary (Nice, France) will carry the hopes of the West African nation.