CAF President to visit Cote d’Ivoire to assess AFCON 2023 preparations

Patrice Motsepe, CAF President during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals CAF Press Conference at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon on 25 January 2022 ©Alain Guy Suffo/Sports
CAF President Patrice Motsepe during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Finals CAF Press Conference at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon on 25 January 2022. (Photo by Alain Guy Suffo/Sports via CFP)

A Confederation of African Football (CAF) delegation is expected in Cote d’Ivoire today to assess the country’s progress in its preparations to host the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The delegation, led by CAF President Patrice Motsepe will visit some of the infrastructures that will be used for the continental tournament.

The team will also meet President Alassane Ouattara, Prime Minister Patrick Achi and the country’s football leadership.

Cote d’Ivoire, initially scheduled to host AFCON 2021, agreed to a two-year delay after Cameroon’s 2019 hosting rights were also pushed by a similar period due to unpreparedness.

Qualification for the tournament which is scheduled to be played in June-July 2023 has already begun, with 24 teams hoping to seal spots.

Already, Botswana, South Sudan, Lesotho, Eswatini, Sao Tome and Gambia have sealed places in the qualification group stages. The six qualified countries, therefore, join the 42 countries exempt from the preliminary qualification stage.

CAF is expected to hold the draw for the group stage qualifiers in due course.