Ivorian press review, 30 May 2012

Ivorian press

The Ivorian sporting media continue to debate and criticise the appointment of the Elephants’ new manager Sabri Lamouchi. ‘Supersport’ says the French born coach’s nomination as the Elephants’ boss is a joke by the football federation. The author of the article is still incredulous as far as this decision is concerned. He says Lamouchi was given his coaching certificate only twelve days ago and cannot pretend to start his career with a high profile team like Ivory Coast. For the author, managing a team including super stars like Drogba and Yaya Toure requires experience and character which the former Auxerre player lacks. It’s not because the team have crop of talented men that anyone can be in charge, the author protests.
‘L’Expression’ says naming Lamouchi is “a casting mistake”. The article says the federation chairman has repeatedly declared that he would bring in a more experienced and talented coach as Zahoui’s contract expires next August. What the paper denounces is the speed with which Seven Goran Erickson’s successor has been sacked; a day after their 2-1 win over Mali. The blame also must fall on the key men of the squad who frequently undermined Zahoui’s authority, it explains. The article recalls that Yaya Toure and Zokora quarreled with him after their Africa Nations Cup final defeat to Zambia.
‘Soir Info’ is more cautious and says we should wait and see what the forty year old man can do with the Elephants. Inexperience can be a huge handicap for the job but such has not always been the case, it says. The article mentions that the Ivorian manager Francois Zahoui and the Zambian boss Herve Renard who made it to the final of the Nations Cup were young and arguable inexperienced. May be Lamouchi will imitate Renard during the upcoming campaign in South Africa, concludes the paper.
On the transfer market, ‘Le Nouveau Courrier’ says that Drogba could be considering a move to Real Madrid when his contract with the blues expires next month. According to the paper, the forty-four year-old is wanted by the Spanish champions and talks have taken place between both parties over a two-year bid. The hero of Chelsea’s Champions League triumph was brought to Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho in 2004 and could join his former mentor next season.

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