A few days before the start of the 34th session of the African Cup of Nations (CAN 2023), Côte d’Ivoire announced that it is ready to host this continental event, and to face the challenge of organizing an ideal tournament for this tournament.
During the period from January 13 to February 11, Côte d’Ivoire, the country located in West Africa, will be the focus of attention of Africans in their continental celebration, as it will become the capital of African football for the second time in its history.
The competition will be held in 6 stadiums that have undergone rehabilitation and modernization in 5 cities across the country. Through this 34th edition, the organizing committee of Cannes is committed to providing a unique experience for viewers, visitors and supporters, focusing on three main axes: hospitality, friendship and heritage.
Whether through the warm welcome, the enthusiasm of the supporters or highlighting the rich cultural heritage of Côte d’Ivoire, this tournament, according to the organizers, will be an “unforgettable” event.
The African Cup of Nations was scheduled to be held in June and July 2023, but it was postponed to be held from January 13 to February 11, 2024, in order to avoid holding matches in the middle of the rainy season.
The largest African football competition will bring together 24 qualifying countries, including Morocco, in six different groups.
The Moroccan national team, which will compete in the group stage of the African Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire 2023 in San Pedro, will play in Group Six alongside the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Tanzania.
The opening ceremony of the competition will take place at the Olympic Stadium Alassane Ouattara in Epimbe, Abidjan, followed by the opening match between Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea Bissau.
In terms of numbers, during the Côte d’Ivoire tournament there were 5 host cities, 24 training fields, 24 teams, 1,300 players, 52 matches, 101 referees and assistant referees, 10,000 volunteers, 350 project managers, 23 television channels, 60 live broadcasts in 90 countries, and about 1.5 million spectators. In stadiums and 600 million viewers.
For the first time in the history of the competition, the Confederation of African Football chose a ticket sales system that combines digital and physical.
Ticket prices range between 1,000 CFA francs and 15,000 CFA francs for inland Ivorian cities, and in Abidjan between 3,000 CFA francs and 20,000 CFA francs. It is scheduled to sell between 1.3 and 1.5 million tickets for the 52 matches of the competition.
To avoid the spread of black market ticket purchases, one person is entitled to purchase a maximum of 6 tickets for each match and 30 tickets for the entire competition. 59 points of sale were also selected across the country.
Ivorian Prime Minister and Minister of Sports and Environment, Robert Bogre Mambe, confirmed that his country is ready in terms of infrastructure to organize the African Football Cup of Nations.
He said last Thursday in Abidjan, during the first cabinet meeting of the year, in the presence of President Alassane Ouattara, “We are ready,” and promised a tight organization.
In his message to the nation on the eve of the New Year celebration, President Ouattara called for public mobilization to make the 34th Africa Cup of Nations “a great celebration of African brotherhood.”
“Let us mobilize to make this session a great celebration of youth, Côte d’Ivoire’s hospitality and African brotherhood,” he said.
The Ivorian President also called on every citizen to consider himself an “ambassador” of African football, and said that the African Nations Championship represents an opportunity to give new impetus to the development of the tourism and culture industry and many sectors of the Ivorian economy.