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ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast’s interim coach Emerse Fae has urged his workforce to enter Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations semifinal in opposition to the Democratic Republic of Congo with the mindset that has allowed the hosts to make a “miraculous” restoration from the brink of elimination on the match.

The Elephants reached the final 4 after an exceptional escape in Saturday’s quarter-final, once they beat Mali 2-1 due to Oumar Diakite’s purpose in added time in further time.

That they had been decreased to 10 males within the first half when Odilon Kossounou was despatched off, and had been heading out, trailing 1-0, when substitute Simon Adringa leveled within the ninetieth minute to drive the additional half-hour.

Earlier than that, they got here from behind in opposition to Senegal within the final 16 earlier than eliminating the holders on penalties, and earlier than that they scraped out of their group because the final of the 4 finest third-placed groups.

“We’re conscious that now we have made a spectacular restoration, that if you take a look at the Mali sport we survived miraculously,” Fae advised reporters in Abidjan on Tuesday.

“We’ll garner power from that and inform ourselves that our mindset is nice. It’s that mindset which permits us to tug off miracles like that, however we aren’t going to chill out and say that as a result of we received miraculously it means it’s our future that we’re going to win the trophy.

“The miracle in opposition to Mali didn’t fall out of the sky, it didn’t simply occur like that, it occurred as a result of the gamers stored on preventing and believing till the tip.”

Fae was put in cost following the sacking of Jean-Louis Gasset within the wake of the Ivorians’ 4-0 loss to Equatorial Guinea of their last group sport, the workforce’s heaviest ever house loss.

Wednesday’s match can be Ivory Coast’s first on the Ebimpe Olympic Stadium since that humiliating reverse on January 22.

From the brink of a group-stage exit, they now stand one sport away from a primary AFCON last since they final received the trophy in 2015.

“It will be a mislead say now we have nothing to lose however now we have come a great distance,” stated Fae as he dismissed fears his workforce may crumble underneath the stress.

“We have now put in a lot effort to elevate our heads again above water so we aren’t going to surrender now due to the stress of not attending to the ultimate,” added Fae, who performed within the Ivory Coast workforce that misplaced the 2006 last on penalties to Egypt in Cairo.

Ivory Coast are with out Diakite, suspended after he was despatched off whereas celebrating his successful purpose in opposition to Mali.

Serge Aurier, Christian Kouame and Odilon Kossounou are additionally banned.

“It’s all the time a loss if you lose a participant however the remainder of the squad will combat, grit their tooth, do their job and attempt to take the workforce by to the ultimate,” Fae stated.