From about midnight Tuesday till present, every major street and suburb in Cote D’Ivoire, from Yamouskoro to Abidjan, and from Korhogo to Bouake, San-Pédro to Bondoukou, Trench Ville to Abobo, Pour Bouyet to Yopougon, etc,
erupted into a big party and carnival of celebration with everyone, even Non-Ivorien was dancing soukous.

The sudden celebration and joy rent the air following the sweet football victory of the Ivorien senior national football team, Elephants over the Teranga Lions of Senegal in a round of sixteen fixtures. The Elephants are now through to the quarter finals of the ongoing AFCON in Cote D’Ivoire.

Just a few days earlier, following an embarrassing four-nil defeat in the hands of relatively Equatorial Guinea, the Elephants looked dead and buried and the entire nation almost went into collective depression as a result of the big loss. It took a dose of fortune in the guise and gift of the best loser for Cote D’Ivoire to join the sweet sixteen party.

In an immediate reaction to the poor showing of the Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire, the handler of the senior national team, sacked French man Jean-Louis Gasset.

Following the pleasant surprise and gifted progress for the Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire, it became important for another coach to be appointed. Here comes former Ivorien international Emerse Faé.

In his active days, Emerse Faé played largely in his country of birth, France and England. He obtained his coaching qualifications in France.

Emerse Faé baptism of fire as the Coach of Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire was a round of sixteen fixtures against the AFCON defending champions, Teranga Lions of Senegal. It doesn’t get much tougher or bigger. Emerse Faé tutored Elephants had the Midas touch and led Cote D’Ivoire to triumph over Senegal. His tactics, free flow offensive play and substitutions in the game were spot on and crucial. This, Emerse Faé, after his first game emerged as the Prince of Cote D’Ivoire.

African Coaches Connect on behalf of all African Coaches has joined the rest of Africa to salute and congratulate Emerse Faé
President of ACC, Coach Eldred Sunju-Abbey said the victory of Faé’s
tutored Elephants over AFCON defending Champions and the most favorite at this on going and most unpredictable AFCON in just a few days in charge is a testament to the capacity and potential of the African Football Coach. And a clarion call to give more African Coaches the opportunity and needed support to show class. Eldred an astute proponent and apostle of African Coaches and their amplitude and capacity wants more African Coaches to assume more prominent Coaching placements.


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