The Ivorian Football Federation has dismissed rumors that the country will not host the 2021 Afcon, saying CAF has neither informed the federation nor the Abidjan government of a possible shift in their hosting of the tournament.
The Ivorian Federation reacted to an interview Caf President Ahmad Ahmad gave to Afrique Media TV on Monday December 3, when he said that Cameroon, stripped of the 2019 hosting rights would replace Cote d’Ivoire as hosts in 2021 and the latter would instead stage the 2023 tournament.
“We made this decision to shift, because we saw that Cote d’Ivoire is also not ready for 2021”.
“In 2023, we will organize the tournament in Cote d’Ivoire. This is the decision taken by the Caf Executive Committee on November 30, 2018 in Accra,” Ahmad said.
A letter from Ahmad to the Cameroon President Paul Biya dated November 30, 2018, seen by BBC Sport, has also surfaced in Cameroon where Ahmad has invited Cameroon to host the 2021 Nations.
However, FIF revealed in a statement on Tuesday December 4, that it has written to Caf to remind the body of the decision it took in 2014, and said the “Federation deplores this way of proceeding”.
“The Ivorian Football Federation wishes to formally deny this allegation. No Ivorian state authority, nor any leader of the Federation, at any level whatsoever, has been contacted or approached by the African Football Confederation before taking this decision.
Source: The EastAfrican.
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