Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)
days
:
hours
:
minutes
:
seconds

Football | Afcon

Football gods favoured Nigeria - Gervinho



Ivory Coast winger, Gervinho has sensationally declared that the "football gods were on Nigeria’s side" after the Elephants lost 1-2 in one of the quarterfinals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Goals by Emmanuel Emenike and Sunday Mba sandwiched Chieck Tiote’s effort as the Super Eagles booked a semifinal date with Mali.

Gervinho has now voiced his sentiments following his side’s failure to live up to their favourites tag as they came unstuck against a gutsy Nigerian side.

“We played well but I guess the football gods were on Nigeria’s side (on Sunday). It’s history repeating itself all over again,” Gervinho said.

The ‘golden generation’ of the Ivory Coast have flattered to deceive in recent tournaments, failing to add to their solitary success in 1992 and Gervinho was quick to apologise to his countrymen following yet another failure at Africa’s biggest soccer showpiece.

"We are so disappointed with this loss to Nigeria. We tried to win and that didn’t happen despite us playing so well.

“We would have preferred to win rather than just playing well. I don’t know how to justify this so we can only apologise to the fans,” he said.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref Moss was right to banish Jose
Referee Jon Moss recently banished Manchester United and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to the...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Wenger will take the point
The last time Arsenal were as poor as they were this weekend at Old Trafford was in Robin van...

Segun Odegbami
The next African Player of the Year!
The award ceremony for the 2016 Best African Player of the Year comes up in January in Nigeria, but...

Sunday Oliseh
Why no love for Leipzig?
With 12 German Bundesliga league games played, this team has now won nine matches, drawn three,...