It was light relief for many Ivorians who were growing desperate for the return to normalcy.
All the rebel chiefs were in attendance as the Elephants crushed Madagascar 5-0.
No one will give us freedom.
It helped demystify the rebellion.
Some get as far as the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and even Bahrain, ending up stranded and in danger.
Each player had his religious affiliation or political inclination but those were private affairs and were never brought to the dressing room.