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Jonathan Kodjia starts as Cote d'Ivoire fail to beat Togo

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The Aston Villa man tried his best today, but he couldn’t find a goal for his team as they fall to a stalemate against Togo.

Jonathan Kodjia started ahead of Stoke’s Wilfried Bony as Cote d'Ivoire started their Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Gabon against a Togo team captained by Emmanuel Adebayor and coached by your dad:

It would be the Villa man who had the ‘elephants’ best chance of the first half as he used all of his skills to force a shot on target close to the keeper from a widening angle.

Despite the presence of an incredibly unfit and clubless Adebayor (who still managed a few bits of trickery), Togo still managed to threaten and took Cote d'Ivoire into the half at 0-0 - with equal stats across the board.

It remained much the same deep into the second half as well, despite Jonathan Kodjia making his presence known - Kodjia missed from mere feet away with a surging header, but his blushes were spared by the offside rule. Kodjia was taken off in the third and final substitution of the game, being replaced by AFC Bournemouth’s Max Gradel.

Togo will be kicking themselves despite being the underdogs as they had a number of clear-cut chances they couldn’t put away and three points here would have done them well, against arguably the best team in the competition.

Cote d'Ivoire will face DR Congo on Friday at 4pm GMT while Jordan Ayew’s Ghana take on Uganda tomorrow at the same time of 4.