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Ivory Coast Ready to Host AFCON 2023 in January.

The sporting authorities of Ivory Coast have declared that all arrangements are now in place for the forthcoming AFCON 2023 tournament, showcasing recently renovated stadiums to the press.

François Albert Amichia, President of the Ivorian Organising Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations (COCAN), emphasized the mission’s focus on organizing essential operations and infrastructure to ensure a successful AFCON 2023. “Our objective is to unite the general public and the nation’s economic forces around this significant event,” said Amichia, highlighting the legacy in sports services and infrastructure intended for the people of Côte d’Ivoire.

The tournament, encompassing 52 matches, will be spread across five cities: Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Bouaké, San-Pedro, and Korhogo, featuring dedicated fan zones in each hosting city.

Yacine Idriss Diallo, President of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF), underlined the focus on ensuring security and enhancing the quality of life in Abidjan after the AFCON. “For those unfamiliar with Ivory Coast, there’s a saying that ‘Abidjan is sweet.’ We aim to ensure all visitors experience the charm of the city,” stated Diallo, emphasizing the organizational aspect.

This will mark CAF’s second Africa Cup of Nations finals hosted in Côte d’Ivoire. Diallo stressed the importance of this event, acknowledging the substantial gap of approximately fifteen years without proper stadiums in the country and President Alassane Ouattara’s initiative to provide improved facilities for the nation’s youth.

Scheduled from January 13 to February 11, 2024, the AFCON 2023 in Ivory Coast is set to witness 24 teams competing for the prestigious continental title.

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