Cote d’Ivoire coach Kamara Ibrahim says they are not feeling any pressure ahead of Thursdays’ must-win game against Zambia.
The Elephants head into the match bruised after losing 1-0 to Namibia.
It was a stinging result for the 2016 CHAN bronze medal winners after Namibia stole a late winner in stoppage time of the 90 minutes.
And on Thursday, The Elephants attempt to beat or draw with Zambia to maintain their interest in the competition.
“I think we prepared well. In any case we know what lies ahead. We lost our first match and if we want to continue the adventure, we will have to get a very good result tomorrow,” Kamara said.
“Zambia are comfortable because they won their first match. They can afford to lose their second game hoping they can get something from the third game.
“They are also a very athletic team with player’s quick players in attack.
“We started the competition badly; we learned the lessons, now we have to go in the right direction to go as far as possible.
“But we are not under pressure after that loss. What interests us is the present and we must now move forward.”
Zambia leads Group B on 3 points after beating bottom placed Uganda 3-1 on Sunday.
Cote d’Ivoire are third following that loss to second positioned Namibia in last Sunday’s first Group B match in Marrakech.