Eric Bailly of Ivory Coast clears ball from Dieudonne Bezua Mbokani of DR Congo during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Ivory Coast and DR Congo at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 20 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Wednesday Nov 15, 2017. 10:30
Cote d'Ivoire international defender Eric Bailly has apologised to the Ivorian nation for the Elephants' failure to qualify for the prestigious World Cup tournament in Russia.
The Manchester United defender has acknowledged it is bad times for the nation after their 2-0 loss against Morocco last Saturday.
Bailly expressed his disappointment via his social media account as he penned an emotional apology to their loyal fans.
“Bad time for our national team I’m a part of. Our apologies for the bad performance of the team during our last games, for me the important was neither the game against Mali nor against Morocco, but rather our bad results in official games since the beginning of the year” said Bailly on his Facebook page.
“I thank the supporters who supported us during our games and suffered because of this last defeat at home.
“Thank you again for your support, respect and tranquillity during the final whistle, thank you very much. It’s up to us now to raise your head as quickly as possible to be stronger mentally and continue our profession, football.
“We are aware of the sadness of our supporters and of what we are doing right now, because of our elimination for the world.
“Players pass but the national team of Côte d'Ivoire remains and will remain forever. As for us, we hope to have an iron health to continue with our national team and, why not, give a smile to all the fans of our national team in humility and respect for others - God bless us.”