Ivorians criticised for 'humiliating' defeat
Côte d'Ivoire received a roasting from the national press over what was termed their 'humiliating' 4-1 semi-final defeat to Egypt at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations.
The Ivorians turned up in Ghana billed as pre-tournament favourites but Didier Drogba and company were taken apart by Egypt in a repeat of the 2006 final.
'Humiliation' was how Soir Info described Thursday's demolition, the paper labelling the match 'the final before the final between the best team on the continent (Côte d'Ivoire) and the most successful (Egypt)'.
'The Elephants drowned in the Nile' was the headline used by both the Fraternite Matin and Le Jour Plus. '4-1. Incredible! The Elephants' defeat to the Pharoahs is one of the black pages of Ivorian football,' wrote Le Jour Plus.
'The Elephants broke their tusks against (Essam) El Hadary, a world class keeper,' added the paper who reckoned the Egyptian stopper was the man of the match.
'Elephants, what a debacle' was the reaction from Supersport for whom 'our attack, the team's strong point, was silenced by Essam El Hadary.'
'The Ivory Coast's dream is broken,' reflected Notre Voie, who regretted that there was no no chance of avenging the 2006 penalty defeat in Cairo. L'Intelligent adopted a measured line, telling its readers: "At every level we have to assume and get back to work."
It added: "Certainly it's a shame but life continues."