Ivorian press review, 4 June 2012

Ivorian press

Ivory Coast’s win over defiant Tanzania in their Brazilian 2014 World Cup qualifier round dominates discussions in the Ivorian sporting news. ‘Le Patriote’ hails the Elephants’ new coach’s victory five days after taking charge. The article says with this inaugural success, the successor to Zahoui could have a relief after the storm of criticism that followed his nomination. The federation’s website is more confident about the future of the former Auxerre player and says he is on the way to impact the team as he showed serenity throughout the match. At times sitting, sometimes standing, he gave instructions at the right moment, argues the paper.
‘Supersport’ says last weekend’s victory is very important for the forty- year- old ‘s career in Ivory Coast, but wonders if he’ll be as successful with the upcoming challenges. The article’s author reminds readers that Lamouchi’s predecessors failed to set up a strong team that could produce a game worthy of their individual status. Speaking to journalists after the match, the new coach said “I have not come to change everything. I am here to meet the target set by the federation”.
‘Le Nouveau Courrier’ says the victory for Drogba and co could rekindle love between some fans that deliberately refused to attend the match and their team. The article says the fans were unhappy with the federation following Lamouchi’s nomination as replacement for Francois Zahoui. ‘Le Jour Plus’ says Ivory Coast lead the race for the 2014 world Cup qualifier round in Group C and adds that another victory on Morocco’s home pitch next Friday would boost their chances in the campaign.

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