It’s a race against time to complete the work of the 34th edition of the African Cup of Nations (CAN), which will take place in January and February 2024 in Côte d’Ivoire. President Ouattara is closely following the progress of the sites which, in terms of concerned the stadiums and training areas of the 24 qualified teams each cost nearly 500 billion CFA francs.
The national organizing committee (Cocan), chaired by the former Minister of Sports François Amichia, includes in its ranks representatives of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF), those of several ministries and other administrations. After months of tension between the latter and the Ministry of Sports, during the work of the FIF normalization committee, calm has finally returned thanks to an arbitration by Prime Minister Patrick Achi, which oversees Cocan.
Ivory Coast agrees to organize CAN 2023
First scheduled from June 23 to July 23, 2023, the competition was postponed by CAF to the beginning of 2024, officially for weather issues. Indeed, in the middle of the year, Côte d’Ivoire experiences heavy rains, exposing the country to high risk of flooding. In addition, the postponement of the competition, whose qualifying phase will end in March 2023, should have the effect of limiting any delays by extending the delivery times of the infrastructures required.