When Ivory Coast surprisingly trailed Egypt 1-0 early in its last warm-up game before the African Cup of Nations, a group of women trudged out to the driveway of a house back in Abidjan to pray. They'd seen this before.
They stayed there for over an hour, waiting nervously on the concrete near a garage until some children emerged from the house to tell them the game was over and the Ivorians - their superstar sons - won 4-2.
Relieved, the Ivorian mums picked themselves up and went inside again.
Few supporters have felt the pain of Ivory Coast's depressing recent experiences at the cup more than this team of mothers, who watch all their sons' matches together. The African Cup has come around again, bringing with it memories of previous agony.
''Ivorians are not discouraged. They like their team,'' said Alphonsine Zokora, the mother of midfielder Didier Zokora. ''But they are just a little bit afraid. It is the same for us mothers.''
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