Ivory Coast coach Kamara Ibrahim believes his team will emerge victorious in their next match after losing to Namibia 1-0 in their opening game of the African Nations Championships (CHAN) which kicked off on Saturday in Morocco.
The local Elephants held their own against the Warriors until added time when Charles Hambira headed home a free kick from left flank to seal a win for Namibia at the Marrakech Stadium on Sunday.
“It was a terrible and cruel result. You don’t lose a match at that very time because you wouldn’t have any more time to react,” Ibrahim said.
“We controlled much of the first half and could have score many goals but kept failing to find the target. Namibia too had lots of chances but our goalkeeper was there.
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“It was a balanced meeting and I think we will learn from it and prepare for out next match, a must win. We can’t afford to crash out in the group stage. We are going to fight and bounce back.”
The Ivorians will face next Zambia, who defeated Uganda 3-1 to move to top of Group B.
The CHAN is a biennial competition exclusively featuring players from the respective national championships.