Ivory Coast will field a formidable attacking line-up and start as favourites to beat the Democratic Republic of Congo in their African Cup of Nations semifinal on Wednesday, but their shaky defence could be severely tested.
Manchester City’s new signing Wilfried Bony, who scored two keys goals in the 3-1 win over top-ranked Algeria in Sunday’s quarterfinal, will lead the forward line with Gervinho and Max Gradel, in what is expected to be an explosive display of Ivorian potential.
“If you give Bony good service, you can see he is a fantastic striker,” said coach Herve Renard on the eve of the match at Estadio de Bata. My problem is I’ve got so many good attackers and they all believe they should be playing, it’s hard to explain why I’ve left some of them out.”
The Ivorians, however, are notoriously vulnerable in defence as DR Congo showed when they secured a shock 4-3 win in Abidjan in a qualifying match in October.