Algeria coach, Djamel Belmadi has said Ivory Coast are one of the contenders to win the Afcon title in Egypt.
Both teams will take to the pitch in the third quarter-final clash today.
In the 2nd round, Algeria defeated Guinea 3-0, while Ivory Coast beat Mali 1-0.
Speaking recently, Djamel revealed that he expects a tough test.
His words, “Ivory Coast are one of the tournament favourites and they have a lot of players playing in huge leagues,” Belmadi said at his pre-match press conference.
“They won the competition in 2015 and have the experience. The game will be difficult and we have to win to qualify to the next round.
“We have to be a team that trusts its own capabilities.”
“The fans’ presence is very important and I thank them for coming to Egypt,”
“It is not easy to go abroad to support the team, we are aware of that, and hope to repay their faith in us.”