Cote d’Ivoire to host AFCON 2023
Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that Cote d’Ivoire will now host the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and not the 2021 edition as originally planned.
The development comes after the CAF President Ahmad Ahmad met the Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara at the presidential palace in Abidjan on Tuesday.
“I thank the President for taking into account this aspect of solidarity so that we support this shift for the organization of AFCON 2021 in Cameroon, which is now at 80 per cent of the work and Côte d’Ivoire in 2023, and Guinea in 2025. To avoid misinterpretation, only Guinea can decide whether they prefer co-hosting or not. But CAF is in favour of a co-hosting of the AFCON,” said Ahmad.
Returning to the circumstances that led the institution he leads to decide this shift, President Ahmad raised several reasons including the desire to want to protect professional players.
“In November, we had a meeting to make a decision that was not easy at all. In our continent, we have our particularities. We were forced to withdraw AFCON 2019 from Cameroon because the country was not ready for various reasons. There were demands on our professional players,” he added.
Dialogue and diplomacy thus triumphed during this long-awaited visit to Abidjan by the CAF President.
The CAF President also expressed his gratitude to the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, whilst welcoming his commitment and readiness to help the Confederation develop African football.