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Touré: Let's keep it together

Touré: Let's keep it together

A win for either Ivory Coast or Tunisia will guarantee a place in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal round.

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Both teams won their opening group stage matches and victory will ease some pressure ahead of the third and final group clash, something they are both aware of.

The Elephants struggled against Togo and had to wait for a late finish from Gervinho to seal the deal while Tunisia also laboured against Algeria before aA superb strike from Youssef Msakni gave the Carthage Eagles maximum points against their arch-rivals.

So far no team has won comfortably at the tournament and judging by the late goals, no team will, especially the star-studded Ivory Coast.

With players like Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure in their line-ups, every opponent will want to prove they are better than the 2009 African Footballer of the Year and the 2012 holder of that same title, respectively.

"The most important is to manage to win all our matches and to show solidarity in our game until the end. Against Tunisia, we are going to play in the same spirit for qualification in the quarter finals," said Toure.

The difficulty of getting through the group stages and going all the way might just be harder for the Elephants than any other nation as they made it to the final last year, and in 2006 too, where they fell to Zambia and Egypt in that order.

The Carthage Eagles crashed out in the first round at the previous tournament but are keen to show their young team has what it takes to lift a second AFCON trophy.

Issam Jemma, Tunisia's top striker with 34 goals, will miss the clash due to injury while the Ivorians boast a full-strength squad.

Kickoff is at 5pm at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

Posted: 25/01/13 11:45

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