MAN OF THE MATCH: YAYA TOURE

The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire managed to claim their first three points in the ongoing 2015 CAF African Cup of Nations tournament in Equatorial Guinea when they defeated Cameroon by 1-0 on Wednesday night.

A solitary strike by Max Gradel was enough to hand the central African country the three points and book their place in the last eight.

Apart from the match itself or the result which brought relief to the Ivoirians, we look at the man of the match and it was none other the continent’s best player, Yaya Toure.

The battle between him and the Indomitable Lions skipper, Stephane Mbia, was interesting to watch. Both captains were always pushing and urging their teammates in moving forward, to keep fighting.

However, it was Yaya who stood head and shoulders above the rest in the heart of the midfield.

Although their battle was at times harsh where the Manchester City man was down in most cases, he managed to navigate his way in finding strikers such as Max Gradel and Wilfried Bony upfront through his sheer passing ability.

The 31-year-old was there when his side needed him the most, especially in a tough final Group D match against their rivals, Cameroon.

Yes, one would say he was tired as Herve Renard substituted him towards the dying stages of the match, but the job was already done and there was no way Volker Finke’s men could come back.