Ivorian press review, 10&11 October 2012

Ivorian press


Ivory Coast’s upcoming match against Senegal in their Nations cup qualifier makes the headlines in the Ivorian sporting media. Tensions mount on both sides ahead of the game and from that perspective ‘L’Expression’ says that Sabri Lamouchi still worries about the goalkeeping issue, should his number one choice become unavailable. Copa Bary has suffered injuries in the past and there is no reliable man to take over. To the article’s author, the problem remains unchanged despite Sayouba Mande’s arrival in the squad. The paper shares Lamouchi’s concerns as the new entrant is young and inexperienced. Nevertheless, the former French international is optimistic about the match’s outcome. “We highly expect to go through the finals at the end of the day because we have a good team, and the players will prove it in Dakar”, he told journalists.
‘Supersport’ says Senegal want to defeat Drogba and co at any price. Diame N’doye, the man who scored the opener in Abidjan, says they don’t have the right to fail and miss out on South African continental tournament. Speaking to journalists he said “Featuring in this competition is an obligation for this young generation. We’ll make every effort to qualify, I assure you. Ivory Coast will watch their own downfall.” Yet, this statement hardly shakes The Elephant’s captain. “We have a wide experience in this sort of match and we also know how to manage this kind of atmosphere. They’ll be backed up by their fans of course, but this is not new to us. I think our experience as well as our efficiency will make the difference”, he concluded.
‘Notre Voie’ says Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse believes his side have chances to beat Ivory Coast. For the Senegalese captain, the solution will not be hard to find, but admit that they will have to be focused throughout the game in order to achieve their qualification. He confides to the press that “the outcome of the match will depend on some details. We will need to be concentrated and disciplined until the final whistle. I once again appeal to fans, because this match is not the business of players alone, it’s a national challenge.”
There is an article in ‘Supersport’ saying that Lamouchi could opt for Wigan’s  Aruna Kone as a replacement for Salomon Kalou and Kader Keita. Kone has scored three times in the English Premier League so far and could help to maintain pressure on the opposing defense.
Ivory Coast have conceded four defeats in Dakar, recorded a draw and above all, Drogba’s country has yet to score a goal on their rivals’ home. The match will take place this coming Saturday.

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