— Published 5 April 2022

Côte d’Ivoire reassures Patrice Motsepe

The 2023 African Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire is on the horizon. The president of the Confederation of African Football, Patrice Motsepe, ended his inspection visit to the host country with reassuring and satisfied words. “We are confident that the CAN that you are going to organise will be the best, suggested the South African leader on Monday 4 April, at the end of a meeting with the Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara. We are reassured by the various infrastructures that you have put in place to host this competition. I am satisfied with the progress made, even if there are still some problems to be solved.” At the top of the list is the renovation of the Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium in Abidjan, a historic 33,000-seat venue in the heart of the Ivorian capital. Work is only a quarter of the way through. Of the five other stadiums planned for the 2023 African Cup of Nations (23 June to 23 July), three are almost finished, located respectively in Ebimpé (photo above, 60,000 seats), Bouaké (40,000 seats), and Yamoussoukro (20,000 seats). The San Pedro stadium (20,000 seats) is 70% complete. Finally, the Korhogo stadium, in the north of the country (20,000 seats), is 64% complete.