Double delight for Ivory Coast soccer team



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Ivory Coast Yamoussoukro stadium inaugurated Image: Vinci

The Ivory Coast national football team beat Zambia 3-1 in Group H in the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2023 qualifier that the country Ivory Coast (country in West Africa) will host. The Ivorians played their first match at the Stade de Yamoussoukro and with the Frenchman Jean-Louis Gasset (Manager of Ivory Coast national football team) in the lead.

‘axadle times’ stated that it was an evening of fantastic news for Ivorian football, June 3rd, 2022: The first match of the A national team for men in a brand new Yamoussoukro Stadium, the Frenchman Jean-Louis Gasset made his debut alongside ‘the Elephants’ …

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to be the 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men’s football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It will be held in Ivory Coast from June 23rd to July 23rd.

The Confederation of African Football or CAF is the administrative and controlling body for African association football. CAF represents the national football associations of Africa, runs continental, national and club competitions, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions.

The Stade de Yamoussoukro is a stadium in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast. The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 seats. On March 1st, 2018, an agreement between the Government of Ivory Coast and an association comprising Alcor, Sogea-Satom, Egis, and Baudin Chateauneuf was signed. It opened on June 3rd, 2022.

‘axadle times’ further stated that new jerseys on the shoulders, the Ivorian players met the expectations of their 20,000 supporters in the stands, as well as the new Ivorian football Manager, Yacine Idriss Diallo: ‘the Elephants’ won 3-1 against a selection from Zambia that had beaten them in the final of CAN 2012, 10 years earlier.

The Stade de Yamoussoukro will be one of the venues for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Hosting the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations is almost Ivory Coast’s moment in the sun. Already, the country has spent €762 million on upgrading sports facilities, accommodation as well as streamlining the entire communication network like roads and sprucing up the airports. With the country’s national team winning against Zambia in the above fixture, it is like the cherry on the cake for the West African country as they will also be holding the prestigious soccer showpiece next year.

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