Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – As the 34th African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final approaches, Cote D’Ivoire’s caretaker coach, Emerse Fae, has gracefully declined the affectionate title of “the special one” bestowed upon him by fans in the lead-up to the highly anticipated clash against Nigeria.
Addressing the media during a pre-match press conference on Saturday, Fae humbly rebuffed the nickname, asserting that he does not perceive himself as such. In a modest tone, he underlined that the progress witnessed in the ongoing AFCON is a collective effort, and he deems it inappropriate to claim sole credit for it at this juncture.
However, Fae hinted that he might reconsider accepting the title should his team emerge victorious over Nigeria and secure the championship. The coach’s focus remains firmly on the team’s collective achievements rather than individual accolades.
With the grand finale set to unfold at the Olympic Alassane Outtara Stadium in Ebimpe on Sunday night, Fae expressed confidence in his squad’s preparedness. He revealed that all the players are highly motivated to rectify their previous defeat against Nigeria in the group stages.
“Their determination is fuelled by a desire for redemption as they aim to triumph over their opponents and avenge their earlier loss,” added Fae, the former Ivorian and Everton midfielder.
As the AFCON 2023 final promises a thrilling showdown, Fae’s emphasis on unity and collective effort resonates with the team’s commitment to success. The clash against Nigeria is poised to be a captivating spectacle, and fans eagerly await the outcome of this footballing spectacle. ARW/11/2/2024