Hull City could be set for major January boost after Ivory Coast’s AFCON shock

Influential Hull City star Jean Michael Seri could be facing an early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations in his native Ivory Coast after the host nation were thrashed 4-0 by Equatorial Guinea on Monday night in what has been described as the greatest upset ever seen in the finals.

Seri, who has yet to play a single minute in the three group games, watched on from the bench as the tiny country on the west coast of Central Africa caused one of the biggest shocks in the competition’s history at the Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, thumping the star-studded hosts.

Emilio Nsue had Equatorial Guinea a goal up at the break before Pablo Ganet curled in a delicious free-kick to make it 2-0 and then Nsue netted his second to make it three. Jannick Buyla scuffed in a fourth, by which point many inside the arena had already headed for the exits.

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The hosts are not yet out of competition but face a nervous wait to find out if they’ll qualify for the last 16 by virtue of being one of the best third-placed teams in the group stages. After their three games, Ivory Coast are third in Group A on three points but with a minus-three goal difference. Seri and his countrymen will be watching the remaining group stage games intently over the next 48 hours to see if their three points will be enough to see them secure safe passage, with their fate decided by Wednesday evening.

Should that not happen and the hosts are eliminated, Seri would return to East Yorkshire and be available for City‘s next Championship match against Millwall at the MKM Stadium on Saturday week, and while going out early would be a major blow to Seri, it would be a timely boost for Liam Rosenior and the Tigers.

Should Seri’s men scrape through as one of the best third-placed teams then it’s likely their round of 16 game would take place next Monday night, January 29.

Meanwhile, Adama Traore’s path through has been much more straightforward with Mali top of Group E going into their final game against Namibia on Wednesday afternoon, though he’s yet to play in either of their two games.

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