Côte d'Ivoire is hosting the 2023 AFCON.
The Minister of Sports and the FIF do not speak the same language
Between the Minister of Sports, Danho Paulin, and the president of FIF, Idriss Diallo, it is no longer clear who to believe about the delivery date of the infrastructure of the African Cup. Despite the postponement of the AFCON in 2023 and its shift to January 2024, the representative of the State was clear. "All stadiums will be ready by December 31, 2022," said the minister on June 3, 2022.
Except that on Monday, September 26, during the program "Talents d'Afrique" of our confreres of Canal +, the first head of the Ivorian Football Federation gave other deadlines. "The stadiums in the interior (Korhogo, San Pedro, Bouaké, editor's note) will be delivered on December 31, 2022 and those in Abidjan (Epimbé, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, editor's note) will be delivered in mid-March," Diallo said.
Côte d'Ivoire obtained the organization of the competition in 2014 but to date, the two stadiums that have been completed (Yamoussoukro and Epimbe) are not yet fully compliant. One for security problems and the other because of its pitch.