The Elephants were eliminated by the African champions through penalties in the quarterfinals of the last Afcon in Egypt
Ivory Coast coach Patrice Beaumelle is looking forward to meeting champions Algeria in the group stage of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and enjoys the prospect of a repeat with the reigning champions.
Tuesday’s draw in Yaounde put the Afcon champions in 2015 against Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and Algeria in Group E.
Ivory Coast was defeated by the Desert Foxes in the final eight stages of the tournament two years ago, lifting the title for the second time in their history.
After drawing 1-1 at the end of extra time in Suez, both teams took turns in the penalty shootout that ended in a 4-3 defeat for Ivory Coast.
Beaumelle succeeds Ibrahim Kamara at the helm in 2020 and regards the meeting, scheduled for January 20 for Japoma Stadium, as a repeat for the quarter-finals two years ago.
“In our group it is still fantastic to play Algeria,” said Beaumelle. Caf website. ‘If I remember correctly, Ivory Coast lost to them in the quarterfinals during the last Afcon in Egypt, so it could be a repeat.
“The most important thing is to have three good games and still get through the first round.”
Sierra Leone return to the Afcon stage for the first time in 26 years, while Equatorial Guinea will make their third appearance in the competition.
The Frenchman states that he does not underestimate any team that appears in Cameroon, and he has announced that certain group matches should be considered finals.
‘Everyone has their chance in this Afcon. We have matches that could be the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, ”he added. “We should not underestimate the teams that are according to the press. I have a lot of respect for the different teams. ”
Ivory Coast are achieving their third success in the continental competition, having previously won the title in Senegal in 1992 and Equatorial Guinea in 2015.