Renard: Nothing is over

Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard believes that the point against Guinea is not a true reflection of who will advance to the next stage of this Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Equatorial Guinea.

This follows after his side made a comeback after trailing to claim a 1-1 draw in their opening Group D match on Tuesday evening.

He admitted that they were not clinical, but he still has hope that they will advance to the next round.

“In the first half we would have deserved to take the lead. We hit the crossbar by Gervinho. We gave them the first goal with a communication gap in our defence. Then we tried to push but it was not easy with the sending off of Gervinho,” said Renard.

The coach said that despite the loss of Gervinho he believed they still had a chance to outclass their opponents in the match.

“We had to react and change something tactically. I am convinced that even at 10 against 11 we had the means to win this match. We are a team under rebuilding and Guinea have been competitive during the qualifiers and are not a side to be underestimated,” he said.

Despite the sending off of Gervinho, who had started the match on a very high note, Ivory Coast captain Yaya Toure said they have 23 quality players and will look forward to soldier on.

“We have 23 quality players. I hope that the next game will go our way. We still have a chance to qualify,” he said.