The Elephants have logically qualified for the CAN by beating Mena (3-0), on Friday, in a match counting for the 5th day of group K. Serge Aurier, scorer and provider of two assists, was the great architect of this qualification.
Côte d'Ivoire have confirmed their status as favorites in Group K of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, as they travel to Niamey. The Ivorians folded the match in nine minutes with goals from Serge Aurier and Max Alain Gradel. The Tottenham right-back opened the scoring when Eric Bailly's shot was poorly saved by the Nigerian keeper (0-1, 25th).
The former PSG man then turned provider for Toulouse striker Max-Alain Gradel's breakthrough goal (0-2, 34'). It was the first time that the Elephants had scored a goal in the competition, and it was Wilfried Kanon who put the Elephants in the driving seat by heading in a free-kick from... Serge Aurier. (0-3, 60'). The Ivory Coast thus validates its ticket for Cameroon 2021. It is their 24th participation in the final phase of the competition.
Goals by Aurier , Gradel and Kanon
Côte d'Ivoire top their group with 10 points
Next game on Tuesday 30 March 2021 against Ethiopia (9 points)
Ethiopia and Madagascar will fight for the last ticket in this group. The Ethiopians (2nd, 9 pts +6) need a point to qualify. While the Barea must win against Niger and hope for a defeat of Ethiopia.