Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi says he is pleased that his side got their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign off to a winning start despite not playing well.
The Elephants edged Togo 2-1 as Gervinho scored the winner two minutes from time after Jonathan Ayite had cancelled Yaya Toure’s early opener.
“I feel relieved. Winning is all that matters,” said Lamouchi. “I will concentrate a bit more on our performance which was far from what we can do. This is the worst game for my team since I took over.
“I know the first game at the Africa Cup of Nations is always difficult but I didn’t expect it to be that complicated.
“We committed some serious errors especially defensive ones. I’m happy with this victory but am not sure if that was well deserved. I know the next game is going to be more difficult.”
Ivory Coast will now face Tunisia in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday before completing their round of group matches against Algeria four days later.