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Tiene tips Ivorian improvement

Ivory Coast defender Siaka Tiene said the African football powerhouse are yet to reach their best at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Tiene sent a warning out to rivals stating that although the Ivorians have sealed their progression to the quarter-finals with a game to spare, they are yet to peak at the continental tournament.

The Paris Saint-Germain full-back has been part of the Elephants side which crushed Tunisia 3-0 and Togo 2-1, but he insisted there is still more to come from Sabri Lamouchi’s men.

“We pushed Tunisia really hard. We won the game convincingly, but I still think that we haven’t performed to the best of our ability in this tournament. There is more to come,” Tiene told Goal.com.

Ivory Coast last won the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 1992 when they beat Ghana 11-10 on penalties after the game ended 0-0.

Back in familiar surroundings in South Africa where he participated in the Premier Soccer League, the defender wants to win the 2013 AFCON trophy for their fans back home.

He added: “Our fans should expect more from us because we really owe this AFCON trophy to the Ivorians.”

Sun 27 January, 2013
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