Namibia 1-4 Ivory Coast: 3 Reasons why the The Elephants dominated the match | African Cup of Nations 2019
#2 Serey Die and Franck Kessie were exceptional in the midfield
Serey Die was captaining his side in absence of Serge Aurier and led by example on the pitch putting in a fighting performance in the midfield. He was instrumental in breaking up the Namibian play and also managed to get his first international goal since 2017 with his second-half strike.
His midfield partner Kessie, too, was highly involved in the victory by the Ivorians as he bagged a hat-trick of assists in the match, all the while keeping a check on the runs of attackers from the opposition half.
The two box-to-box midfielders looked composed when in possession and were actively involved in the counter-attacking strategy implemented by the gaffer.
The duo hitting fine form just before the crucial knockout games bodes well for the 2015 champions.