Ivory Coast’s 2-2 draw against Morocco in their Brazilian World Cup qualifier is the main story in the Ivorian sporting news. ‘Fraternite Matin’ says Lamouchi’s men have gifted defensive Moroccans a survival chance in the race for the upcoming World Cup campaign. The paper says the Elephants’ mixed performance is largely due to an intolerable coaching mistake by Lamouchi who replaced his formidable striker five minutes from the end of normal time. [Online Sports betting. For official news from the African Football Federation (CAF), including news on other African qualifying matches this weekend, here's their website.] Drogba’s exit allowed Morocco to launch repetitive assaults on the Ivorian defense, who for the second time in the match conceded the equalizing goal, explains the article. ‘Le Nouveau Courrier’ is less tender with the former French midfielder and says that the draw with Morocco justifies the waves of criticism against his nomination. The article’s author says the coach is as guilty as the defense that allowed the second Moroccan header to hit home and adds that Lamouchi should have strengthened his rear guard instead of replacing Drogba. ‘Supersport’ says Ivory Coast are regressing in their game and the paper denounces the resurgence of a certain defensive laziness. As if that was not enough, the team also lacked concentration, explains the paper. It reports on Lamouchi’s frustration and says that the Elephants’ boss was unhappy with their performance after the match. Speaking to the media he said “I feel frustrated to lose the three points when we had control on the match. It’s really disappointing to concede a goal five minutes before the end of the match even though the result is fair and just.” The paper concludes saying that despite the draw Ivory Coast are still head the table with four points.
‘L’Inter’ says Lamouchi blames his men’s performance to tiredness after the European season. For the France-born coach, the squad needs some rest before returning to their best. The paper argues that Lamouchi’s remarks are fallacious and adds that there are no excuses to legitimate the Elephants’ poor game.