‘Les Elephanteaux’ surrendered a first half lead to share spoils with Congo in their opening match last Sunday, and Gouamene is eyeing the maximum points against the host nation to remain in good standing.
Having lost 3-1 to Nigeria in the tournament, the Ivorian trainer reckons a tough test from ‘Les Lionceaux’ who need nothing but the maximum points to remain in contention for a place at the next stage and qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup as well.
“Against Congo, we had a wonderful first half, but were poor in the second half. We hope to improve on that side of our game,” said Gouamene.
The Ivorian trainer has also welcomed the return Chelsea midfielder Victorien Agban, who was suspended for the opening game against Congo.
“Victorien (Agban) is a key member of our team and his return will be good for us. We are here to enjoy at the tournament,” he concluded.
Cote d’Ivoire has one point same as Congo, two adrift of Nigeria. Senegal are at the depth of the standings pointless.