Herve is an admirer of the team's swift improvement in the competition after bouncing back from two successive draws to make it to the grande-finale. His hopes of playing Ghana in the final crashed after his side slipped a 2-1 defeat at the hands of DR Congo at the Felix Houphouet Boigney Stadium on Wednesday night. The Frenchman was assistant coach for Ghana at the last Nations Cup on home soil but left after his boss Claude Le Roy terminated his contract in May 2008. Herve reiterates the Black Stars have the firepower to beat the DRC once again for the title. "I know a lot of players with this team because I start the first qualification against Niger.The first game against Togo I was not there for the second game. I left for Zambia already but I know their potential," Herve told a Joy Sports in a post-match interview. " I said before the tournament that it's a big favourite for this tournament and after the game is the same for me. "It's a very strong country for football, they won the Under-20 African Cup, they played in the world cup two years ago so its a strong country. "They have good players and I'm very very happy for them.
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