Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

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.


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

Sports Talk

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The big match myth
One of the things that make football the popular sport it is, is the simplicity. The team with the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Moaning Mourinho blasts ref, but not his team
There is an old saying (cliché) that says, “A tradesman always blames his tools.”

Sunday Oliseh
No more underdogs In African football
As I sat there at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium and watched Sierra Leone mastermind a 0-0 draw...

Segun Odegbami
The baptism of Nigeria’s new coach
Last Saturday we saw glimpses of a new Super Eagles team. It was not such a pleasant sight.

Neil Tovey
Rakhale – kasi star on the rise
Thabo Rakhale has come on in leaps and bounds as a player since he debuted for Sivutsa Stars during...

Emeka Enyadike
All eyes on Coutinho
Phillippe Coutinho produced one of the standout moments of the opening week of the Premier League.