Ivorian press review 10 & 11 September 2012

Ivorian press


The Elephants’ 4-2 win in their West African derby against Senegal in the 2013 Nations Cup qualifier still dominates the headlines in the Ivorian sporting media. ‘L’Expression’ hails Lamouchi’s men’s victory and says the top African team in the Fifa/Coca Cola world rankings showed pride as they came back twice from behind. The article’s author is pleasantly surprised by the team’s performance, but criticises Lamouchi’s starting eleven. The paper says the Elephant’s boss focused on choosing big names instead of the best performers. The writer warns that the former French international must be careful as the real challenge could be on the Senegalese home pitch. He suggests that Lamouchi can consider picking Real Zaragoza’s Romaric N’dri in order to stabilize the midfield which struggled over the weekend. ‘L’Inter’ says that Ivory Coast have boosted their chances in the race to the South African finals. The Elephants were disappointing at times, mostly in the first half, but the team came up with a better spirit in the second part of the match putting more pressure on the Senegalese defence. Though victory is what matters in a game, the article says that Lamouchi’s ‘casting mistakes’ can lead the team astray if they are not careful.
With an expression of delight, ‘Supersport’ proclaims the victory of elephants over lions. The author of the article says the team’s victory could serve as a gift to Drogba as he celebrates his tenth anniversary since playing for the side. The Ivorian emblematic captain has recorded eighty-eight appearances and scored fifty six times so far. The article also says that some of the aging players no longer deserve an automatic place. The time has come to initiate competition between players not only to improve their game but also to prepare the new generation that should take over from ‘generation Drogba’.
‘Le Patriote’ says nothing is impossible for the valiant Elephants, especially when their play with their heart. But the paper warns new coach Lamouchi about the teams’ laziness both in defence and midfield. Ivory Coast have won nine times, conceded four defeats and drawn twice in fifteen matches against Senegal.

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