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Floods, Toure tragedy motivate Ivory Coast

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm •  Published: June 23, 2014
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FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — For African World Cup hope Ivory Coast, tragedy in the team and at home could motivate players to beat Greece in Tuesday's Group C decider.

England-based brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure remained with the team for the match in Fortaleza despite the death of their brother Ibrahim last week, while major floods in the west African country have added pressure for some good news in Brazil.

"We hope we can do something positive for the people back home to take their mind off it," French coach Sabri Lamouchi said.

"What happened to both Yaya and Kolo is a tragedy ... There are also other events in the Ivory Coast, with the floods, so the conditions are not the best."

With no African teams yet through to the last 16, the Elephants are in control of their fate against goalless Greece, second in the group behind already-advanced Colombia.

Lamouchi, a former France and Inter Milan midfielder, has twice used national team star Didier Drogba as a second-half impact substitute for the opening 2-1 win over Japan and subsequent loss to the Colombians by the same score.

After training Monday, Lamouchi indicated he could pay greater attention to the Elephants' defense to avoid "repeating mistakes" made in the second match.

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