The historic outing of the Ivory coast saw them being white washed by Germany in a one sided game which led may wondering how the Ivorians qualified for the world cup, but there are more lessons to be learned by the Lady Elephants.It was obvious that the Germans were too strong for the Ivorians but the Ivorian performance was way below par.
The Germans made light work of Ivory Coast with crisp and quick passes which saw the Ivorians playing in their half of the pitch 99% of the game. Ivory Coast lacked discipline in all departments of the game and made countless mistakes of which the Germans capitalized. A few long balls played up field caught the Germans on the break but the hapless Ivorians made nothing out of it. But for the heroics by goal keeper Dominique Thiamale, the score could have exceeded 10.
Going forward, the Ivory Coast will have to put their best foot forward in their remaining games with some consolation from that fact that Thailand were also humbled on the day by Norway and hope that they can at least redeem their image against Thailand on June 11th.
Nigeria will have to come out swinging against Sweden today in Winnipeg to put some smiles on the faces of fans and players of African women's soccer. Look out for Oshoala,veteran Nkocha and Oparanozie to orchestrate a win for Nigeria and Africa.
Cameroon will also play their first game against Ecuador in Vancouver .