Ivory Coast women's national football team

The Ivory Coast women's national football team represents Ivory Coast in international women's football and is controlled by the Ivorian Football Federation. They played their first international match in 1988. The team is currently ranked 64th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings and as the 6th best team in CAF.

Ivory Coast
AssociationIvorian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachClémentine Touré
CaptainDominique Thiamalé
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 69 Steady (12 July 2019)[1]
Highest59 (March 2017)
Lowest136 (2011)
First international
 Ivory Coast 0–3 Netherlands 
(1 June 1988, Foshan, China)
Biggest win
 Ivory Coast 7–0 Mozambique 
(26 May 2012, Abidjan, Ivory Coast)
Biggest defeat
 Ivory Coast 0–10 Germany 
(7 June 2015, Ottawa, Canada)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2015)
Best resultGroup Stage, (2015)
Africa Women Cup of Nations
Appearances2 (first in 2012)
Best result3rd place, (2014)


In 1985, almost no country in the world had a women's national football team,[2] including Ivory Coast who did not play their first FIFA recognised match until 1988[3] when they participated in the Women's FIFA Invitational Tournament 1988. The country was in Group A. On 1 June, they lost to the Netherlands 0–3 in a game in Foshan. On 3 June, they lost to Canada 0–6 in a game in Foshan. In a game on 5 June, they lost to China 1–8 in a game in Guangzhou.[4] In 1992, they competed at the 1st Lyon'ne Cup — Women, held in Lyon, France from 17–20 April. Ivory Coast was in the nation's group. They lost to the United States U20 team 0–4, lost to the CIS team 0–3 and lost to France 1–6.[5] In 2002, the team competed in 2 matches.[6] In 2003, they played in 0 matches.[6] In 2004, they played in 0 matches.[6] In 2005, they played in 3 matches.[6] In 2006, they played in 2 matches.[6] In 2006, the team had 3 training sessions a week.[6] In 2005, they played in the women's Tournoi de Solidarité in Dakar, Senegal. On 18 May, they lost to Mali 1–6. On 20 May, they tied Senegal 3–3. They did not make the finals and overall finished last in the tournament.[7] On 17 May 2006 in Dakar, Togo tied Ivory Coast 3–3.[8] In 2007, the country competed at the Tournoi de Cinq Nations held in Ouagadougou. On 2 September, they tied Mali 1–1 with Rita Akaffou scoring for the team in the 65th minute. On 5 September, they beat Togo 5–0 before Togo was disqualified from the competition for bringing a club team. On 6 September, they lost to Mali 1–2.[9] In 2010, the country had a team at the African Women's Championships during the preliminary rounds. In the round, they beat Guinea 5–1. They lost to Malawi 4–2 in the return leg.[10] In the 2010, Women's Championship in Africa, they lost in the preliminary round in March, they beat Gabon at home and away 2–1 and 3–1. In the first round against Nigeria, they lost both matches by scores of 1–2 and 1–3.[11] The country did not have a team competing at the 2011 All Africa Games.[12]

The national team has trained in Abidjan.[13] As of 2006, the country did not have an under-17 or under-20 side.[6] In June 2012, the team was ranked 67th in the world by FIFA and the 6th best team in CAF.[14] This was an improvement of four places from March 2012 when they were ranked 71st in the world. The team's worst ever ranking was in 2011 when they were ranked 136th in the world. Other rankings include 73 in 2006, 75 in 2007, 74 in 2008, 92 in 2009, and 77 in 2010.[15]

However, in 2014 African Women's Championship, Ivory Coast surprised everyone by passing through into the semi-final, and later, they shocked Africa by beating giant South Africa, marked for the first time they would play in FIFA Women's World Cup, in Canada 2015. In the later tournament, the World Cup, they were eliminated with three total losses to Germany (0–10), Thailand (2–3) and Norway (1–3). Despite having lost all, Ange N'Guessan's goal over Norway was voted as one of ten best goal in the whole tournament.

Background and development

Early development of the women's game at the time colonial powers brought football to the continent was limited, as colonial powers in the region tended to take concepts of patriarchy and women's participation in sport with them to local cultures that had similar concepts already embedded in them.[16] The lack of later development of the national team on a wider international level symptomatic of all African teams is a result of several factors, including limited access to education, poverty amongst women in the wider society, and fundamental inequality present in the society that occasionally allows for female-specific human rights abuses.[17] When quality female football players are developed, they tend to leave for greater opportunities abroad.[18] Continent-wide, funding is also an issue, with most development money coming from FIFA, not the national football association.[18] Future success for women's football in Africa is dependent on improved facilities and access by women to these facilities. Attempting to commercialise the game and make it commercially viable is not the solution, as demonstrated by the current existence of many youth and women's football camps held throughout the continent.[16]

Football is the fourth most popular girls' sport, trailing behind handball, basketball and athletics.[6] A women's football program was set up in the country in 1975[13] and girls' football is played in schools.[6] Player registration starts at nine years of age.[13] In 2006, there were 610 registered female players, 560 of whom were senior players and 50 were under 18 years of age.[6] This was an increase from 2002 when there were 130 registered female players, 2003 when there were 220, 2004 when there were 253, and 2005 when there were 428 registered players.[6] In 2006, there were 123 football clubs in the country, of which 11 were women's-only sides.[6] As of 2009, there are 36 senior teams and 4 youth teams for women.[13] A school based competition exists.[13]

The national federation was created in 1960 and became FIFA affiliated in 1964.[6][19][20] Their kit includes orange shirts, white shorts and green socks.[19] The national committee does not have a full-time employee in charge of women's football.[6] Representation of women's football is not guaranteed in the federation's constitution.[6] The FIFA trigramme is CIV.[21] A FIFA-run women's MA football course was run in the country in 2007.[13]

Tournament record

World Cup

Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Did Not Enter
Sweden 1995 Did Not Enter
United States 1999 Did Not Enter
United States 2003 Did Not Qualify
China 2007 Did Not Qualify
Germany 2011 Did Not Qualify
Canada 2015 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 3 16
France 2019 Did Not Qualify
Total 1/8 - 3 0 0 3 3 16
FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
Canada 2015 Group stage 7 June  Germany L 0–10 TD Place Stadium, Ottawa
11 June  Thailand L 2–3
15 June  Norway L 1–3 Moncton Stadium, Moncton

Africa Women's Championship

CAF Women's Championship
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
1991 Did not enter
Nigeria 1998
South Africa 2000
Nigeria 2002 Did not qualify
South Africa 2004 Did not enter
Nigeria 2006 Did not qualify
Equatorial Guinea 2008
South Africa 2010
Equatorial Guinea 2012 Group stage 3 1 0 2 7 7
Namibia 2014 Third place 5 2 1 2 8 8
Cameroon 2016 Did not qualify
Ghana 2018 Did not qualify
Total 2/13 8 3 1 4 15 15

Current squad

The following players were called up for two 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Mali.[22]

Head coach: Clémentine Touré

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Cynthia Djohore 16 December 1987 (age 31) 27 0 Ivory Coast Onze Sœurs de Gagnoa
16 GK Aminata Diabaté 15 November 1998 (age 20) Ivory Coast Juventus de Yopougon

2 DF Fatou Coulibaly (Captain) 13 February 1987 (age 32) 31 1 Cyprus Barcelona FA
3 DF Djelika Coulibaly 22 February 1984 (age 35) 29 0 Ivory Coast Juventus de Yopougon
4 DF Nina Kpaho 30 December 1996 (age 22) 12 0 Belarus FC Minsk
5 DF Mariam Diakité 11 April 1995 (age 24) 12 9 Ivory Coast Africa Sport
13 DF Fernande Tchetche 20 June 1988 (age 31) 19 0 Ivory Coast Affoubenou FC
18 DF Raymonde Kacou 7 January 1987 (age 32) 6 0 Ivory Coast Juventus de Yopougon
20 DF Lynda Gauze 11 June 1990 (age 29) Ivory Coast Juventus de Yopougon

6 MF Rolande Tokpoledo 15 December 1992 (age 26) Morocco CMLFF
9 MF Bernadette Kakounan 5 September 1997 (age 21)
12 MF Ida Guehai 15 July 1994 (age 25) 22 1 Spain Logroño
15 MF Christine Lohoues 18 October 1992 (age 26) 22 1 Ivory Coast Onze Sœurs de Gagnoa
17 MF Nadège Cissé 4 April 1997 (age 22) 6 0 Belarus FC Minsk
19 MF Jessica Aby 16 June 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Ivory Coast Onze Sœurs de Gagnoa
MF Rita Akaffou 5 December 1986 (age 32) 33 4 Cyprus Barcelona FA

7 FW Oura Agnès Kouame 10 May 1991 (age 28) France Réveil Football Is-sur-Tille
8 FW Ines Nrehy 1 October 1993 (age 25) 17 13 South Korea Gyeongju KHNP
10 FW Ange N'Guessan 18 November 1990 (age 28) 19 3 Spain Granadilla
11 FW Rebecca Elloh 25 December 1994 (age 24) 15 2 Cyprus Barcelona FA
14 FW Josée Nahi 29 May 1989 (age 30) 18 12 South Korea Gyeongju KHNP
22 FW Binta Diakité 7 May 1988 (age 31) 20 2 Belarus FC Minsk
FW Nadege Essoh 5 May 1990 (age 29) 29 4 France CSFA Ambilly


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External links

Cecile Esmei Amari

Cecile Esmei Amari (born 20 November 1991) is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Ivory Coast women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 2014 African Women's Championship and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. On club level she played for Subotika in Morocco.

Clémentine Touré

Clémentine Touré (born 21 March 1977) is an Ivorian former international footballer and the current head coach of the Ivory Coast women's national football team. She has also previously coached the Equatorial Guinea women's national football team.

Ida Guehai

Ida Rebecca Guehai (born 15 July 1994) is a Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder or forward for Spanish club EDF Logroño and the Ivory Coast women's national team.

In mid-August 2018, Guehai was diagnosed with cardiovascular deficiencies, which prevent her from playing high-level football. At the time, she was about to sign with RCD Espanyol. However, she did not retire.

Ines Nrehy

Tia Vino Ines Nrehy (born 1 October 1993), also known as Tia N'Réhy, is an Ivorian women's football forward currently playing in the WK League for Gyeongju KHNP WFC with jersey number 10. She was part of the Ivorian squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. She is 167 cm (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in) tall at 55 kg (121 lb).

Ivory Coast at the FIFA Women's World Cup

The Ivory Coast women's national football team has represented Ivory Coast at the FIFA Women's World Cup on one occasion, in 2015.

Marie Yassi

Marie Yassi (born 7 November 1985) is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Ivory Coast women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 2014 African Women's Championship. On club level she played for Atlas 5 FC in Morocco.

Sabine Nogbou

Sabine Nogbou (born 8 June 1990) is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Ivory Coast women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 2014 African Women's Championship. On club level, she played for US Saint-Maur in France.

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Ivory Coast at the FIFA Women's World Cup
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