‘Les Eléphants’ sit atop the standings of Group I with five points from three games, one more than the Leone Stars, who must upset the Ivorians with a win in the ultimate fixture to reach the finals of the biennial championship for the first time since 1996.
“I have to talk with Yaya Toure. What I can say is that we will have a meeting soon to discuss his future with the national team. I think everyone is waiting for the decision,” the Frenchman was quoted by the Ivorian Football Federation website.
The previous meeting between the two sides in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt last September ended barren, an encounter that Dussuyer believes was a lesson well learnt for his youthful team.
“The Ivorian team knows much about Sierra Leone. We know that they are an organized team. They don’t score that much and do not concede either. They have a couple of foreign-based players who have some wealth of experience. They have a team that is coming to Bouake to try to clinch a historic qualification. It is a team to be observed to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
“We hope to qualify for the AFCON and that requires a positive result. The objective is to seek victory in this match also finish top of our group.”
The Frenchman will be counting on youngsters’ Franck Kessie, Serges Nguessan and Victorien Agban to hold the fort in the middle with veteran Serey Die also out due to injury.
“It is true that Serey (Die) will be missed. He was injured in April and has not been competitive then. I left him out to wait until he recovers completely.
“We must trust these young players. There is also the return of Cheick Doukoure and Ismael Diomande, who have an AFCON appearance behind them. They are young but have some wealth of experience.”
In attack, Max Gradel is back whilst evergreen Gervinho is also part of the squad.
The Ivorians have qualified for every edition of the AFCON since 2006, losing in the final in twice (2006 & 2012) before finally landing the Holy Grail in 2015 after beating neighbours Ghana 9-8 on penalties.