Ivorians deserved victory - Djiehoua


Speaking to KickOff.com after watching the game with his friends in Durban, where Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou sent Abidjan into wild celebration after a brilliant solo run in 67th minute, Djiehoua said the Nigerians were lucky not to be buried under an avalanche of goals.

_quote“We deserved our victory as we were all over Nigeria, especially in the second half. I said to people before the start of the tournament that no team will stop Ivory Coast and our victory against Nigeria has sent a stern warning for other teams to watch out. We have ability to improve on that performance and its good that the coach has given some youngsters and other new players a chance to play.”

The Amabhubesi striker was, however, not impressed by performance of Didier Drogba who was later substituted by Bakary Kone.

“Drogba did not play up to his usual standard, but you have to understand that he is coming off an injury. In fact, I never expected that the coach would start him in the game against Nigeria.

Meanwhile Nigerian agent Mohamed Lawal, who is based in South Africa, blames Super Eagles’ coach Berti Vogts for their defeat.

“We didn't deserve to win the game because we didn’t attack the way we should have. I was surprised to see Kanu often dropping back in the midfield leaving Yakubu alone upfront.

“How can you score goals attacking with one striker against a strong Ivory Coast defence.

“I also wonder why Obafemi Martins was played wide on the left instead of in a central attacking position? However, I still believe the Super Eagles will bounce back.”