ABIDJAN, Nov 20 Cote d’Ivoire have booked their place for the finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Equatorial Guinea from Jan 17 to Feb 8 next year after holding Cameroon to a goalless draw here Wednesday.
The result ensured that the Elephants finished in second place with 10-points, one more than the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which beat Sierra Leone 3-1 in Kinshasa.
The Ivorians, who needed at least a point to qualify made certain of that against a Cameroonian team which finished the match with 10 men after captain Stephan Mbia was sent off early in the second half.
Mbia was shown the red card for fouling Gervinho on 56 minutes, robbing the latter of a good chance to score. The resulting free-kick taken by Ivorian captain Yaya Toure was headed into the net before Vincent Aboubakar headed the ball out.
Earlier, Clinton N’jie was denied by Cote d’Ivoire goalie Sylvain Gbohouo just before half-time in a one-on-one situation in what was the best chance of the first half.
In other Group D match, the DRC accounted for Sierra Leone to remain in contention the finals through having the best third place spot. The Leopards came from behind to win after the Leone Stars shot into the lead on 27 minutes.
Striker Yannick Bolasie drew level on 40 minutes before Cedric Mongongu fired them into the lead from the spot on 63 minutes. Jeremy Bokila sealed victory in the dying minutes to end on a high.
Cameroon topped the group with 14 points, Cote d’Ivoire finished on 10 points, DRC on nine points and Sierra Leone with just a point.