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World Cup 2022: Ivory Coast to host in Ghana or Senegal

Ivory Coast's forward Serge Aurier controls the ball during the 2019 African Cup of Nations Group H qualification football match between Ivory Coast and Rwanda on March 23, 2019 at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium in Abidjan. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)
World Cup 2022: Ivory Coast to host in Ghana or Senegal

Côte d'Ivoire must look for an alternative. Sebastien Haller's teammates will not be able to host a match on their home soil during the next international window. Côte d'Ivoire is due to host Malawi on October 06. This is for the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.

CAF considers that the new stadium in Yamoussoukro does not meet the standards. At the same time, the Ebimpe Olympic stadium in Abidjan is under construction.

"As a result, and due to the need to ensure the best conditions for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar qualifying matches, we regret to inform you that the stadium does not meet all the minimum requirements for CAF stadiums and will therefore not be approved for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar days 3 & 4 qualifying matches," CAF said.

Côte d'Ivoire is now trying to find a solution. The choice is between Senegal and Ghana. The country has also sent scouts to see the different stadiums. "This Tuesday, the national coach, Patrice Beaumelle will go to Senegal [for an examination of the Lat Dior Stadium in Thies]. The general manager of national teams will go to Accra to check the facilities and make our choice," said Mariam Dao Gabala, president of the Normalisation Committee of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF).

Côte d'Ivoire is deprived of a stadium while it should organize the African Cup of Nations in 2023.

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