Madness in African Football as Ivory Coast Fans Invade Pitch

The madness in African football once again reared it’s ugly head as Ivory Coast desperate for qualification decided to pass the ball in their half of the pitch to secure AFCON qualification.

A goalless draw against already-qualified Cameroon helped Ivory Coast to secure a spot in the upcoming 2015 African Cup of Nations scheduled to take place in Equatorial Guinea.

Ivory Coast needed only one point in their final qualifying game in Abidjan with Cameroon who had already qualified as top of Group D.

The Elephants tried to maintain their qualifying draw score in a very controversial way since the Ivorians literally kept passing the ball around in defense and among themselves as the game drew to a close.

For the final three minutes of the extra time, there were at least 71 passes between Ivorian players in their own half of the pitch while Cameroon showed no desire to intervene.

Ivorian manager Herve Renard was shown leaving the pitch 90 seconds before the final whistle after he knew that his players will just keep passing the ball until the end of the game.

Ivory Coast fans invade the pitch
Ivory Coast fans invade the pitch
Ivory Coast fans invade the pitch
Ivory Coast fans invade the pitch

Even the referee got bored with what was going on and decided to draw the curtain on the controversial match 10 seconds early. Then followed the second madness –  fan began to invade the pitch in celebration of Ivory Coast’s qualification to the point where security forces where unable to curtail, and brutality follows. See things the pictures.

After securing a spot in the African Cup of Nations, although in a way that has nothing to do with what football spirit is all about, Ivory Coast will join Cameroon, Algeria, Cape Verde Islands, South Africa, Ghana, Guinea, Tunisia, Mali, Congo,  Zambia, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Senegal and new hosts of the 16-team tournament Equatorial Guinea who replaced original host Morocco.

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7 thoughts on “Madness in African Football as Ivory Coast Fans Invade Pitch

  1. Hmm, maybe they don’t deserve to be there, so let’s give it to the deserving ones. Keshi has never been a good manager to me, forget that he won Nations cup – it wasn’t his making nor as a result of his coaching ingenuity. He has been a bully and bad man manager right from when he was a player. He is vindictive and corrupt, he select players base on his own material gain!

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