AFCON 2023: Côte d’Ivoire Ready To Host AFCON – Envoy

The Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to Nigeria, Kalilou Traore has reiterated his country’s readiness to host the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Traore stated this in an interview on Monday in Abuja that the tournament is scheduled to hold from January 13 to February 11, 2024.

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According to the envoy, his country has put all measures in place to ensure a hitch-free tournament.

“This will be one of the biggest events for Africa and you can imagine that all the entire Côte Ivorian people are mobilized to make it a very great event.

“This is starting from the Head of State, President Alassane Ouattara, and the Prime Minister, who right now is the Minister of Sports and is particularly in charge of the organization of this tournament.

“Beyond the government, the population has been mobilized. The tourism sector has been mobilized, the security, the building sector have built many stadiums that will host different matches.

“So, all the sectors in Côte d’Ivoire have been mobilized and they are almost ready.

“Now, they are fine-tuning all the little things, so that they will be ready before the official opening on Jan. 13.

The envoy explained that the mobilization has been in terms of budget and overhaul of infrastructure to ensure a successful tournament.

“Of course, when I say the whole government is mobilized, it means that officials of the government are mobilized, and the budget of the government is also allocated for this tournament.

“You know when you want to build six or seven stadiums it will gulp a lot of money, especially when you want to put in place all the facilities,” he said.

Traore further said the Ivorian government was working closely with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to achieve the desired goals.

“Each country has to take charge of its own team, but when they bring them into Côte d’Ivoire, the facilities are there for them to use,” he said.

He said that every facility which would facilitate the performance of the teams has been provided by the government of Côte d’Ivoire.

The envoy assured that Côte d’Ivoire and CAF were working together with the various participating countries’ football federations to ensure a hitch-free AFCON in the country.

“I recently visited the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, and he is in touch with his counterparts in Côte d’Ivoire in terms of preparation,” he said.

 

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