Despite dismissing their manager following a 4-0 defeat in the final group game, the Elephants secured a spot in the knockout stage. Interim coach Emerse Fae then guided them to a tense penalty shootout victory over Senegal.
Their quarter-final clash against Mali showcased incredible drama, with a 90th-minute equalizer from Simon Adringra and a stoppage-time extra-time winner from Oumar Diakite.
Now, they face DR Congo, a team quietly making strides to secure their third AFCON title on home soil. The Leopards drew all three group games before eliminating Egypt on penalties. In the last round, they secured a 90-minute victory against Guinea.
The Ivory Coast vs DR Congo clash is scheduled for an 9pm GMT kick-off on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan.
Team news reveals that Ivory Coast will miss both Oumar Diakite and Odilon Kossounou due to red cards in the previous match. Willy Boly is expected to step in for Kossounou in defense, while Sebastien Haller might be fit to start. For DR Congo, Brentford forward Yoane Wissa is set to feature, with no new injury concerns reported.