Paris, France (PANA) – Côte d’Ivoire will be reconciled if the country wins the African Cup of Nations (CAN), which kicks off on Saturday in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, according to the Ivorian reggae star, Tiken Jah Facoly.
"This African cup is very important. If the Elephants win the CAN, the country will reconcile with itself for a moment," he said.
"And if at that time the new authorities do their work, this may be a step for our take-off. Victory will make us save more words, money and time,” Jah Facoly said in an interview with the French magazine “L’Equipe”.
The African reggae man has said when the country won the 1992 CAN edition in Senegal, the country went "crazy”.
“And today," he added, "all Ivorians will tell you the same: 'If we win the Cup, the country will be saved.'"
The African reggae star said he would travel to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to support the Elephants if they reached the semi-finals.
The singer, who left his country in 2002 because of threats on his life by the government of Robert Gueï lives in Mali and France.
His first album “Africain Revolution” was released in 2010.
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