Ivory Coast (National Football)

Africa Cup of Nations 2012 TV Schedule: Finals Set Up to Be Epic Showdown

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 25:  Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal with  team mate Gervinho during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between North Korea and Ivory Coast at the Mbombela Stadium on June 25, 2010 in Nelspruit, South Africa.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2012

When the Ivory Coast takes on Zambia in what should be an epic Africa Cup of Nations showdown, fans of great world football should expect a defensive battle.

With both teams fighting for the pride of their nations, there is much more on the line in this tournament than just a trophy.


Where: Stade d'Angondje, Gabon

When: Sunday, February 12, 2:00 p.m. ET

Watch: Al Jazeera USA

More: African Nations Cup


What We’re Watching For

With both teams being built on great defense, I expect to see little scoring and a possible additional time situation at zero all. Ivory Coast has let in no goals this entire tournament and doesn’t look to start now.

The player to watch for on the Ivory Coast side will be Didier Drogba and his insane ability to make plays out of nothing. If there was one person most likely to net the game winner in this game, it would be Drogba.

Zambia will be riding the surprise win off the foot of Emmanuel Mayuka over the heavily favored Ghana team. With a stellar defense and timely scoring, Zambia is nothing to bat an eye at for IC.

My deciding factor in this game will be Gervinho. If Ivory Coast can get the star player going early, they could get an early goal and use their stacked defense to keep Zambia at bay.


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