Cote d'Ivoire face DRC with another chance to forget horrors at Cup of Nations

"The Elephants who forgot" would be an apt title for at least one of the feature-length films that will surely flow out to an adoring public should Cote d'Ivoire dispose of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final on Wednesday evening at the Alassane Outtara Stadium and either South Africa or Nigeria on Sunday night at the same venue.

Two Wednesdays ago, Cote d'ivoire - who are nicknamed 'The Elephants' - had to wait until the end of the Group F game between Morocco and Zambia to find out whether they could advance as one of the four best third-placed teams.

A Zambia draw in San Pedro would mean elimination. But Morocco held on to their 1-0 lead and the Ivorian nation rejoiced.

On the blue Monday two days earlier, there had been wailing as the team and country processed a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Equatorial Guinea - the worst home defeat .

“We were at the bottom of a hole after losing to Equatorial Guinea," said influential Ivorian midfielder Seko Fofana on the eve of the clash against DRC.

"We had to wait for the rest of the group matches to find out whether we qualified, which happened.

"After all that we endured, we are no longer afraid of anything,” he added.

Progress to the last four appears to have been aided by opponents refusing to go for the jugular.


Senegal scored four minutes into the last-16 tie in Yamoussoukro to rake up nerves.

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