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.