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Ivorian Sports Minister says Elephants need younger players

Abidjan –  The Sports Minister of Cote d’Ivoire, Alain Lobognon, says the country’s national team requires younger players to come alive again.

Lobognon told newsmen in Abidjan on Tuesday that the team’s poor performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil was a lesson to the ministry and the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF).

He said the sports ministry and the FIF had met to appraise the performance of the team, adding “We have come to the conclusion that we need a new team.

“Our team needs younger players who will be ready to display vigour and strength when defending the national colour. The responsibility is on us to ensure this,’’ the minister said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that FIF’s President, Sidy Diallo, recently called on football fans in the country to forgive the team for its poor outing at the World Cup.

He said the FIF would undertake a review of the outing with a view to taking appropriate decisions on how to reposition the team.

It would be recalled that Cote d’Ivoire could not make it to the second round of the competition after losing two games and winning one.

Meanwhile, following the resignation of team coach Sabri Lamouchi, football fans in the country have called on the FIF to engage a coach who would raise a new team.(NAN)


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